Delivery alert

There may be an issue with the delivery of your newspaper. This alert will expire at NaN. Click here for more info.

Recover password

2 NM health care firms pay DEA settlements

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two New Mexico companies will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements following claims brought by the Department of Justice on behalf of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Centurion Correctional Healthcare New Mexico and Albuquerque Health Services will pay more than $200,000 each for separate alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act, according to DOJ spokesman Scott Howell.

Howell said Centurion Correctional Healthcare agreed to a $215,000 settlement stemming from claims that the company purchased and dispensed controlled substances at the Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility in Clayton for nearly a month after the company’s registration with the DEA expired on Oct. 31, 2019.

Centurion Correctional Healthcare, which provides health care in prisons, allegedly stopped purchasing and dispensing the controlled substances when another company began providing health care in late November of 2019.

The company is also alleged to have abandoned its remaining stock of controlled substances and failed to keep proper records, Howell said.

In a similar settlement, Albuquerque Health Services agreed to a $240,000 settlement after allegedly violating the Controlled Substances Act by dispensing methadone at an Albuquerque clinic after its registration expired, Howell said.

The civil claim brought by the DOJ claims that while one of the AHS clinic’s registration expired on June 30, 2019 the clinic continued to dispense methadone until Aug. 12 of that year.

Upon payment, both companies are released from any civil or administrative monetary claim the United States has and neither company admits to liability or wrongdoing.

Subscribe now! Albuquerque Journal limited-time offer

Albuquerque Journal seeks stories of our community's pandemic loss

If you’ve lost a loved one to COVID-19 and would like for the person to be included in an online memorial the Journal plans to publish, please email a high-resolution photo and a sentence about the person to Please email
Please include your contact information so we can verify, and your loved one’s name, age, community where they lived and something you want our readers to know about them.