“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

supportive. comprehensive. service-centered.


Many laboratories do little more than collect your samples, process them and send them back. Southwest Labs is different. Our dedication to supporting our physician clients and their staff is unending. So is our dedication to making a real change in the drug problem in New Mexico by helping medical practices establish, maintain, and improve their patient drug monitoring programs. Consider every member of Southwest Labs to be your partner, your advocate, and your support system in all aspects of your patient monitoring protocols. And because Southwest Labs is owned, operated, and located in New Mexico, and focused on providing impeccable client services, you can be sure we deliver on our promise.

Comprehensive Turnkey Programs (CTP)

Some medical practices have outdated or inadequate patient monitoring protocols, and little time or resources to do anything about it, despite desire to do so. Southwest Labs will work with physicians and their staff to implement a program that requires little practice time to initiate, operate, and maintain. A quality program will significantly increase effectiveness, elevate patient care and monitoring, and reduce medication diversion and drug abuses.

Rapid Turnaround Standard (RTS)

When the principals of Southwest Labs made the decision to start their own toxicology lab, they were acutely aware that out-of-state and out-of-date laboratories were not providing the level of service local doctors and their staff deserve and need to provide optimal patient care. Often turnaround times were too long and sometimes sporadic, causing unnecessary delays and questionable reliability. Southwest Labs processes tests locally in New Mexico, so rapid turn around times are standard. Period. Plus, SWL staff are available to answer questions, address concerns, and accommodate special needs at almost anytime.Southwest Labs Test Menu

Southwest Labs Test Menu

Opiates/Opioids

Buprenorphine
Codeine
Fentanyl
Hydrocodone
Hydromorphone
Meperidine
Methadone
Morphine
Oxycodone
Propoxyphene
Tapentadol
Tramadol
Naloxone

Stimulants

Amphetamine
Methylphenidate

Illicits

Cocaine
Ecstasy
Heroin
Marijuana
Methamphetamine
Phencyclidine (PCP)
Bath Salts (MVPD)
Kratom (Mitragynine)

Alcohol

Ethyl Sulfate (ETS)
Ethyl Glucuronide (ETG)

Specialty Testing

Carisoprodol
Cyclobenzaprine
Dextrorphan
Gabapentin
Ketamine
Meprobamate
Pregabalin
Zaleplon
Zolpidem
Phentermine
Acetaminophen

Benzodiazepines

Alprazolam
Clonazepam
Diazepam
Flunitrazepam
Flurazepam
Lorazepam
Midazolam
Oxazepam
Temazepam

Psychotherapeutics

Aripiprazole
Clozapine
Haloperidol
Olanzapine
Risperidone
Quetiapine
Ziprasidone

Antidepressants

Amitriptyline
Clomipramine
Desipramine
Doxepin
Duloxetine
Fluoxetine
Imipramine
Nortriptyline
Paroxetine
Venlafaxine

Barbiturates

Butalbital
Phenobarbital

Training & Educational Assistance (TEA)

A truly effective and functional medical practice testing protocol extends far beyond collecting samples and reporting results. Every Southwest Labs team member knows this, and that is why we have developed educational and training programs for physicians, support staff, patients, and others to help enhance the accuracy of testing, advise on delicate and sensitive handling of patients, and optimize reporting.

Practice Optimization Assessment (POA)

Many medical practices have mature and functional patient testing protocols in place. However, technologies, methodologies, rules, regulations, and reporting are always changing. Furthermore, best practices and improvements that can enhance the monitoring process in a medical practice may be missing. Upon request, Southwest Labs can provide a patient testing protocol assessment which can reveal opportunities for optimization which can make your program easier to administer, more accurate, more compliant, and safer for your patients.

Custom Program Design (CPD)

Since Southwest Labs is local and service-centric, we have the ability to custom configure testing protocols that specifically suit the needs of your practice and patients. Just ask.