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Drug Rehab New Mexico

Drug addiction is steadily on the rise in New Mexico; thus the need for quality drug rehabilitation in the state has never been greater. There are so many choices for the treatment of drug addiction in New Mexico, that the process of choosing the right drug rehab center can be a daunting task. First, there are so many different kinds of drug rehab programs. These treatment types can include inpatient, outpatient, long term, and short term treatment. Putting all of this together can be much easier with the support of the staff at a drug rehab center. The main treatment goal of a New Mexico drug rehab should always be the same; to help the addict come to a place where they can willingly choose sobriety over an active drug addiction. Getting to that goal can be accomplished in many different ways depending on the drug rehab methods that are utilized in treating the drug addiction. Because every person is unique, a New Mexico drug rehab facility will be most effective when the drug treatment includes various components that specifically address the personal needs of the individual.

The insidious nature of a drug addiction is that by the time an addict is ready to admit that they have a problem, the drug addiction more than likely will already taken a devastating toll on the individual. Beyond the negative effects that a drug addiction has on family and personal relationships, there can additionally be a huge negative impact on society. The costs that are directly related to drug addiction in the state of New Mexico can include the costs to the state for additional law enforcement, drug rehabilitation costs, and most importantly, the cost in terms of human lives. In the state of New Mexico, a large percentage of fatal automobile accidents are linked directly to drug and alcohol abuse. Another negative effect of a drug addiction is the risk of a deadly drug overdose, which occurs more often than people may be aware of.

Most people cannot successfully overcome a drug addiction without the aid of a drug rehab program. With the assistance of a New Mexico drug treatment center, an individual has a much greater chance at success in overcoming their drug addiction. For the best possible long term drug recovery outcome, an individual should choose a New Mexico drug rehab center that has a high rate of long term success in treating drug or alcohol addictions. It is important to ask questions in regard to the credentials of the New Mexico drug rehab facility. The costs of the drug rehab program is something that may need to be taken into consideration; but it is important that cost alone should never be the determining factor in choosing a treatment option for your drug addiction. A counselor at a drug rehab will help to take all of the guesswork out of choosing the best possible drug treatment option, to help you or your loved one to have the best chance of being completely free from drug addiction. Drug rehab counselors are experienced in all areas of drug addiction and alcoholism, and can help you by answering any substance abuse questions that you may have regarding the New Mexico treatment center. The counselors can offer assistance in developing a life saving treatment plan that can effectively treat your drug addiction. Spending a period of time gathering information about the treatment options can help you to choose the best New Mexico drug rehab center for you or your love one.


  • According to data from the 2005-2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in New Mexico, it was reported that 8% of the citizens of the state had used an illicit drug in the past 30 days.
  • According to a 2005 survey of New Mexico high school students, more than 25% of the students that were surveyed reported using marijuana at least once during the past 30 days.
  • 2005-2006 NSDUH results have indicated that 42,000 of the citizens in the state of New Mexico have reported using an illicit drug in the past year.
  • According to the NSDUH survey, additionally, 29,000 of the citizens in the state of New Mexico reported a drug addiction to an illicit drug.
  • The border between New Mexico and Mexico is sparsely populated and has a limited number of barriers for illegal crossing. This factor, in addition with the extensive road network that traverses the state in all directions, makes New Mexico a haven for the transshipment of illegal drugs from Mexico to various destination points across the U.S.
  • Cocaine is readily available for distribution throughout New Mexico in various quantities for local consumption in the state.
  • Crack cocaine is widely available in the state of New Mexico.
  • In the state of New Mexico, ethnic gangs are the primary distributors of crack cocaine in urban areas posing a threat to school children.
  • According to law enforcement agencies, the northern portion of the state of New Mexico has the highest availability of Mexican black tar heroin.
  • Methamphetamine poses a multi-pronged threat in New Mexico, as more and more clandestine laboratories are set up in remote, rural locations throughout the state.
  • Albuquerque and Santa Fe are the cities where club drugs in the state of New Mexico are readily available.
  • In the state of New Mexico, marijuana is the most frequently controlled substance that is seized in the area and is generally destined for distribution in eastern markets.

If you or someone you care about in New Mexico has a drug or alcohol addiction, contact a New Mexico drug rehab facility to receive immediate help today. The solution to the problem of drug addiction is drug rehabilitation.

New Mexico Drug Information and Drug Trafficking

Drug information and drug trafficking in New Mexico falls within the El Paso Division area of responsibility. The El Paso Division covers 54 counties in western Texas and New Mexico, comprising 778 miles (approximately 40 percent of the United States/Mexico Border. The El Paso Division has 45 agents in New Mexico, covering an area that includes three Ports-of-Entry (POE) and six checkpoints.

The border area between New Mexico and Mexico is sparsely populated and has limited natural or manmade barriers to illegal crossing. This, coupled with an extensive road network that traverses the state in all directions, makes New Mexico a haven for the transshipment of illegal drugs from Mexico to destination points throughout the United States.

New Mexico's proximity to the El Paso/Juarez area is an additional vulnerability to illegal drugs smuggled through the major POEs. Additional threats to the region are the shipments of controlled substances via commercial vehicles, including aircraft, buses, and by Amtrak rail. New Mexico is also considered a hub for significant amounts of drug proceeds being laundered through small businesses.

Most of the New Mexico/Mexico international border (approximately 180 miles) is open desert and is generally uninhabited with numerous roads, trails, footpaths, and ranches allowing smugglers easy entry into the U.S. and access to major highways which traverse the country. Three interstate highways dissect the state: I-10 and I-40 provide east/west access along the southwest border from California to the East Coast. I-25 provides north/south access from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Colorado and Wyoming.

Drug information from New Mexico shows that the largest drug threat in the state is the transshipment of drugs and drug proceeds, by Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (MDTOs). MDTOs have also established local poly-drug distribution organizations that are capable of distributing multiple kilogram quantities locally and regionally.

Another factor significantly impacting New Mexico is the strain drug trafficking and immigration cases puts on the federal judicial and corrections system. The U.S. District Court in New Mexico has the highest case load per judgeship in the nation and has the fourth busiest court overall in the United States. The overwhelming percentages of the caseload confronting the U.S. District Court in New Mexico are immigration and drug cases. In addition to an overloaded court system, the state of New Mexico is critically short on jail space.

Cocaine drug trafficking information from New Mexico notes that the El Paso/Juarez corridor serves as a transshipment point for cocaine to various locations in the United States. Seized loads range from 50-800 pounds. Cocaine is transported through New Mexico by MDTOs at an increasing rate. Multiple kilogram quantities are routinely seized from commercial trucks, public transportation and private vehicles.

The most common seizures are privately owned vehicles interdicted with ten to fifty kilograms of cocaine concealed in their vehicle. Cocaine interdicted in New Mexico is typically destined for Denver, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and Chicago. Recent cocaine interdictions indicate a possible shift to other destination cites in the Midwest and East Coast. Cocaine is also readily available for distribution throughout New Mexico in gram to ounce quantities for local consumption. Local law enforcement authorities consistently rank cocaine and crack cocaine distribution and use as one of the most prominent drug problems.

New Mexico drug information shows that there is ample availability of crack cocaine throughout the state. In smaller municipalities, such as Hobbs and Silver City, crack cocaine use and distribution is at a level that is considered dangerous to the quality of life. The majority of the crack available comes from cocaine HCl supplied by MDTOs to local crack distributors who then convert the powder cocaine into crack. Ethnic gangs are the primary distributors of crack cocaine in urban areas posing a threat to school children. Street level distributors can be found in all social and economic layers of the community. Of special concern is the high level of violence associated with crack cocaine traffickers.

Mexican black tar and brown heroin are routinely seized at the POEs in New Mexico. Black tar heroin has long been available in this region from sources in the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Michoacan, and Nayarit. Drug trafficking information from New Mexico points out that heroin is most commonly smuggled in secret compartments in private vehicles and concealed on persons.

In Albuquerque, Mexican black tar heroin is the most readily available and widely abused. The heroin is usually carried across the border by couriers. Northern New Mexico has a high availability of Mexican black tar heroin and is a major problem for local law enforcement agencies. Heroin availability has shown a steady increase over the past five years as evidenced by the increase in kilogram seizures and a steady decrease in price. An area north of Santa Fe known as the Espanola Valley is consistently rated by the U.S. Department of Health and other statistical reporting agencies as having the highest per capita heroin overdose death rate in United States. Local enforcement efforts have resulted in numerous arrests, however MDTOs routinely rotate their cell managers and other persons frequently making long-term enforcement operations difficult to pursue.

New Mexico drug information notes that meth poses a multi-pronged threat in this region. It is available in multi-kilogram quantities. The majority of methamphetamine seized originates in Mexico, but arrives in New Mexico from distributors in Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ. Methamphetamine investigations are especially prevalent in the area known as the Four Corners region where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet to form a common border and along the eastern New Mexico/Texas border.

Popular in the area are small, clandestine laboratories set up in remote, rural locations. In southern New Mexico, closer to Las Cruces and El Paso, the current preferred process is the "Birch method," that uses chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia, to process the methamphetamine. Use of the "Birch method" is believed to be an attempt by small laboratory operators to acquire non-controlled chemicals for production, in order to subvert law enforcement scrutiny.

MDMA (ecstasy), Ketamine, LSD, and GHB are available in New Mexico, primarily in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Rave parties are held routinely in the area, often in remote locations on U.S. Forest Service lands. Attempts to infiltrate these parties have been moderately successful, resulting in several arrests of low level dealers. Interdiction seizures account for the bulk of club drugs and hallucinogens seized. The majority of these seizures originate in the Los Angeles and Phoenix areas.

New Mexico drug information and trafficking sources revel that the diversion of prescription drugs continues to be a significant enforcement issue. Illegal or improper prescription practices are the primary source for illegally obtained prescription drugs, primarily in the oxycodone/hydrocodone families.

Interdiction efforts also indicate that prescription drug smuggling from Mexico, where these drugs can be sold over the counter, contributes to the illegal distribution of prescription medications. Compounding this issue is the state's severe shortage of qualified medical personnel forcing state authorities to grant prescriptive authority to practitioners not licensed in other states. New Mexico has recently become one of the few states to grant prescribing authority to psychologists who have no medical or pharmaceutical training.

Marijuana is the most frequently controlled substance that is seized in the New Mexico area and are generally destined for distribution in eastern markets. Drug trafficking resources in New Mexico show marijuana loads seized from private vehicles and semi-tractor-trailers range from 500 to 8,000 pounds. Multi-pound and multi-ton marijuana seizures occur at all transportation terminals, U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoints, and local courier service locations.

Marijuana smuggled from Mexico is available from a multitude of sources in New Mexico and western Texas and is the most prevalent drug in New Mexico. New Mexico's vast National Forest land makes the domestic cultivation of marijuana an enforcement issue as well.

Drug information in New Mexico shows that several drugs in this category are available because of El Paso's close proximity to Juarez, Mexico, where purchases can be made over-the-counter from unscrupulous pharmacists. Ecstasy, Rohypnol, and other pharmaceuticals are being used at rave parties. The use of these types of drugs has not skyrocketed, as in other metropolitan areas in the United States.

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  • New Mexico Facts
  • In New Mexico, 97% of the substance abuse problems being treated pertained to both alcohol and drug abuse (National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)).
  • According to the El Paso Intelligence Center, methamphetamine laboratories throughout New Mexico negatively affected several children in the state during 2007.
  • 33.5% of New Mexico high school students reported being sold or given an illegal drug on school property.
  • New Mexico drug statistics also show that there will be 547 deaths related to alcohol abuse, 2,804 tobacco related deaths, and 109 deaths due to illicit drug use.
  • New Mexico, Statistics
  • The population of New Mexico is 1,813,338 with 891,476 Males and 921,862 Females.

    The population of New Mexico, breaks down into the following age groups:

    Under Age 5: 130,163
    Age 5-9: 140,615
    Age 10-14: 146,676
    Age 15-19: 145,273
    Age 20-24: 120,998
    Age 25-34: 233,382
    Age 35-44: 281,120
    Age 45-54: 245,144
    Age 55-59: 86,888
    Age 60-64: 71,366
    Age 65-74: 117,432
    Age 75-84: 71,035
    Over 85: 23,246

    The Median age in New Mexico, is 37.5

    New Mexico Summary
    New Mexico Area - 106270.24 Sq. Miles
    Land - 106083.41 Sq. Miles
    Water - 186.83 Sq. Miles

    The population Density in New Mexico is 17.09 People per Sq. Mile
    Elevation of New Mexico - 5344 Feet
    Timezone - Mountain (GMT -7)

    New Mexico School Enrollment Breakdown
    Age 3 and Over enrolled in New Mexico schools - 531,759
    New Mexico children enrolled in Nursery or Preschool - 28,452
    Children in New Mexico enrolled in Kindergarten - 26,921
    New Mexico children enrolled in Elementary School - 237,641
    New Mexico Highschool Enrollment - 118,784
    New Mexico College Enrollment - 119,961

    New Mexico Economy and Employment
    Employment Breakdown:
    16 years and over - 1,365,140
    Total Males in Work Force in New Mexico - 447,306
    Total Females in Work Force in New Mexico - 385,218

    Occupation Breakdown in New Mexico:
    Management and Professional Occupation related jobs in New Mexico - 258,996
    Service related jobs in New Mexico - 129,138
    Sales and Office Related jobs in New Mexico - 197,097
    Forestry, Farming and Fishing related jobs in New Mexico - 7,546
    Construction and Maintenance related jobs in New Mexico - 86,904
    Production and Transportation related jobs in New Mexico - 81,821

    New Mexico Houselhold Income Breakdown:
    Household Income-
    Less than $10,000 - 84,180
    $10,000.00 - $14,999 - 56,625
    $15,000 - $24,999 - 106,965
    $25,000 - $34,999 - 97,132
    $35,000 - $49,999 - 115,075
    $50,000 - $74,999 - 111,576
    $75,000 - $99,999 - 52,976
    $100,000 - $149,999 - 34,011
    $150,000 - $199,999 - 8,740
    $200,000 or more - 8,883
    Average Household Income in New Mexico - $30,074.75
    Average Household Size in New Mexico - 2.73

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