In 2007, approximately 27,000 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, one death every 19 minutes. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. The increase in unintentional drug overdose death rates in recent years has been driven by increased use of a class of prescription drugs called opioid analgesics. Implementing strategies that target those persons at greatest risk will require strong coordination and collaboration at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels, as well as engagement of parents, youth influencers, health-care professionals, and policy-makers.
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) : Prescription Drug Overdoses – a U.S. Epidemic
Southwest Labs is an advanced toxicology reference laboratory located in Albuquerque, dedicated to New Mexico medical professionals, patients, and communities. Southwest Labs is the only local toxicology reference lab focused on supporting medical professionals through comprehensive patient lab testing programs.
Southwest Labs was formed by native New Mexicans with years of experience as reference laboratory professionals and addiction treatment specialists in response to the shortcomings of impersonal, out-of-state, corporate mega-labs who have no interest in our communities.
Southwest Labs is focused on a single area of specialization – clinical drug testing in support of state-mandated Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP). We test for a full range of drugs and use the most advanced technology available.
It is widely known that New Mexico is facing a crisis in drug abuse and overdoses. New Mexico is ranked as one of the most adversely affected states in the nation, and the numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. New Mexico is not alone. Our entire Nation suffers from this epidemic, which has in recent decades been exacerbated by the dramatic increase in illegal use of prescription drugs alongside longstanding problems with classic “street drugs.”
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. That is why SWL decided to offer an alternative to giant, impersonal, out-of-state labs that many local doctors have relied on for their patient testing needs. These corporate mega-labs have no interest in NM communities, they often provide less than optimum service and response time, and they don’t give back to the people of New Mexico through charitable drug-related philanthropy and give-back programs. They don’t actively support physicians and their staff with training, monitoring, and education programs designed to reduce drug abuse and address the growing heroin epidemic. And Southwest Labs is changing that.