There is an end in sight to your struggle with drug abuse and addiction. One call to our hotline will set you on the path to recovery. Experienced professionals at the Albuquerque, New Mexico treatment facilities will guide you to a drug-free lifestyle. Albuquerque is the most populated city in Bernalillo County and in all of New Mexico. Albuquerque also ranks as the 32nd most inhabited city in the entire nation, with a population of approximately 555,417, and growing.With its breathtaking landscaping, consisting of desert and mountains, Albuquerque is an attractive tourist destination.Tourism has also recently increased, due to the popular television show, Breaking Bad, which is set in Albuquerque.
The Impact of Drug Abuse and Addiction in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Despite being named the fittest city by Men’s Fitness Magazine, Albuquerque, and New Mexico, have a very unhealthy problem. According to the New Mexico Drug Control Update, issued by the White House, the state had the highest rate of drug dependence from 2007 to 2008.Sadly, this is not the only alarming statistic facing New Mexico. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, New Mexico has the second most Heroin and painkiller overdoses in the entire nation. Furthermore, drug abuse is hitting the younger population hard; teens are using illicit painkillers at a rate of 6.3%. This figure is much higher than the national average of 5%, according to the New Mexico Human Services Department. New Mexican high school students try Heroin at twice the rate of their contemporaries in other states.Another special population being negatively impacted by drug use is the Native American community. Mexican cartels target the reservations, in part due to the remoteness of the areas. Often, the limited economic opportunities for residents of the reservation make them turn to drug dealing and abuse.The drug trade has run rampant throughout the Native American communities, as they frequently lack the resources to prevent drug abuse and enforce drug laws. Unfortunately, the drug problem in Albuquerque is not limited to certain groups of individuals; anyone can be impacted. In fact, some residents find truth in the television show that has made Albuquerque more famous. As portrayed in the program, Breaking Bad, drugs are widely available in the area, including the most popular drug of choice in Albuquerque: Methamphetamine. As evidence of its high obtainability, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Market Analysis, in 2010, an ounce of Meth was approximately $1,000.00 in Albuquerque, whereas the prices rocketed to $1,800.00 in less accessible areas. Unlike the popular television show, however, a large-scale domestic Meth lab is unlikely in this day and age. In 2003, 188 meth labs were seized in New Mexico, in 2009, that number decreased to fewer than 60. As many Meth labs were dismantled on U.S. turf, the major production has shifted to the cartels deep in Mexico. One "Superlab" in Mexico can make about 14 million dollars of product alone. Once in the U.S., distributors and dealers dilute the Meth to further increase their profitability. The cartels have become so powerful that they often have lawyers and detectives on payroll to follow arrest patterns and law enforcement officials. Apart from Meth, other drugs of abuse in Albuquerque include:
- Prescription pain killers such as Oxycontin; and
Preventing and Treating Drug Abuse in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque and New Mexico have fought back against the growing drug crisis, most recently with a trio of public service announcements targeting youth and prescription drug abuse.Furthermore, as of 2012, all clinics in New Mexico must continue their education on pain and addiction. Informational materials for drug prescribers have also been widely disseminated. These materials cover topics such as how to identify patients who may be substance abusers. Education of youth, parents, and professionals alike has been a major task initiated by New Mexican officials.Additionally, to combat drug abuse and dealing on tribal lands, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has allocated Indian lands as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). The BIA works with the Native American communities to help control the drug problem that has frequently lead to violent crime. The BIA has brought high-tech resources and funding to the table in the fight against addiction. While investigations and arrests tend to yield relatively small amounts of drugs (as compared to cities and towns), the area officials still see it as a success. The support of the Native American community of the BIA’s initiatives is also another notable achievement. If you are struggling with addiction to Methamphetamines, you may be experiencing:
- Weight loss;
- Anxiety; or
- Loss of appetite.
If you are ready to seek help with your addiction, please contact our hotline today to begin a happy, healthy, and drug-free life.