WHO IS SOUTHWEST LABS?
Southwest Labs is an advanced clinical drug testing lab located in Albuquerque NM.
Southwest Lab was formed by native New Mexicans with years of experience as a reference laboratory professionals and addiction treatment specialists in response to the shortcomings of impersonal, corporate mega-labs who have no interest in our communities.
Southwest Labs is focused on a single are of specialization – clinical drug testing in support of state-mandated Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMP). We test for a full range of drugs and use the most advanced technology available. (LC/MS)
Southwest Labs supports physicians and their staff with training, monitoring, and education programs designed to reduce drug abuse and address the growing drug overdose epidemic.
You can learn more about us on our about page here.
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 analgestics.
Depressants, opioids and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths (45%) than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines (39%) combined.
In 2007, the Drug Enforcement Administration found that abuse of the painkiller Fentanyl killed more than 1000 people that year in the US. It is thirty to fifty times more powerful than heroin.
TYPES OF ABUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Prescription drugs that are taken for recreational use include the following major categories:
Depressants: Often referred to as central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) depressants, these drugs slow brain function. They include sedatives (used to make a person calm and drowsy) and tranquilizers (intended to reduce tension or anxiety).
Opioids and morphine derivatives: Generally referred to as painkillers, these drugs contain opium or opium-like substances and are used to relieve pain.
Stimulants: A class of drugs intended to increase energy and alertness but which also increase blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.
Antidepressants: Psychiatric drugs that are supposed to handle depression.
SOUTHWEST LABS SERVICES:
Southwest labs is focused on a single area of specialization – clinical drug testing for drugs of abuse via urine or saliva.
- SWL menu offers up to 81 compounds
- SWL provides local collection site and office collectors
- SWL provides 48-72 hour turn around times
- SWL provides patient data mining information for providers
- SWL offers 7 day a week toxicology support with in house toxicologist
We provide testing for drugs of abuse, therapeutic drugs, and occupational health testing utilizing the highest industry standard for analysis of initial profiles and confirmatory procedures. Our liquid chromatography/ mass spectrometry (LC/MS) technology enables us to provide rapid turnaround times and the most accurate interpretations.