Drug overdose deaths continue to increase at alarming rates throughout New Mexico. In 2010, New Mexico had the second highest drug overdose death rate in the Nation. The number of drug overdose deaths increased by 66.3 percent in Bernalillo County (our State’s most populated district) in 2011 over the previous year. Of the 521 drug overdose deaths statewide in 2011, nearly 40 percent occurred among Bernalillo County residents. In 2011, Bernalillo County’s age-adjusted drug overdose death rate was 29.6 per 100,000. From 2010 to 2011, drug overdose death rates decreased for cocaine, heroin, benzodiazepines/depressants, antidepressants, and antipsychotics – but during the same period, drug overdose death rates increased for those deaths attributable to prescription opioids.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (National Institutes of Health)
Southwest Labs is committed to reversing this trend and actively participating in the solution. We do this as part of a three pronged anti-drug abuse initiative.
SWL Anti-Drug Abuse Give-back Donation Program (GBDP)
Southwest Labs donates 5% of its profits to local, New Mexico-based drug abuse treatment organizations. These beneficiary organizations share our dedication to the people of New Mexico and fighting our drug abuse epidemic.
SWL Anti-Drug Abuse Education and Advocacy Program (EAP)
Southwest Labs management and personnel participate in the New Mexico drug-abuse solution through active participation and leadership in a variety of New-Mexico-based drug abuse organizations.
SWL Physician Support Program (PSP)
Many New Mexico physicians, mental health, and other medical professionals prescribe and dispense easily abused drugs as part of their responsible patient care protocols. Many of these practices also administer patient monitoring programs. However, not all of these in-practice programs are performing as well as they could be. Southwest Labs, through a number of client programs, is actively encouraging, assisting, enhancing, and improving physician monitoring programs so drug abuse will decline, patients will adhere to the protocols set by their physicians, street supply of prescription pharmaceuticals will diminish, and use of substitute narcotics such as heroin will be reduced.