This state’s proximity to Mexico creates a significant problem in terms of diversion of illegal drugs, including opiates. This puts a tremendous strain on law enforcement agencies and a court system already clogged with illegal immigration cases. Opiates are a highly potent class of drugs that includes heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, fentanyl (Duragesic, Actiq) and Vicodin. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2008 said it noticed a marked increase over the previous five years in the availability of heroin in New Mexico. The agency said this was evidenced by large seizures and a steadily decreasing price. Some people turn to heroin once they become dependent upon other opiates because heroin is often cheaper and available in highly pure form. The Espanola Valley, north of Santa Fe, is consistently rated by the U.S. Department of Health for having the highest per capita heroin overdose death rate in the country.
Opiate addiction is a serious issue that is exploding across the country. The diversion and abuse of these controlled substances is especially problematic for New Mexico authorities because these medications are often sold over the counter in Mexico and smuggled across the border. The DEA said New Mexico also suffers from a severe shortage of qualified medical personnel, which has caused state officials to give prescriptive authority to personnel not licensed in other states. New Mexico is one of the few states that allow psychologists to prescribe drugs without having medical or pharmaceutical training. Other methods of diversion that occur frequently are illegal or improper prescribing practices by healthcare workers. This usually involves medications that contain oxycodone or hydrocodone. The Internet also provides ease of access for people looking to obtain prescription painkillers. Many unscrupulous sites will offer the medication without requiring a proper prescription. The problem with these sites is that they can ship drugs that are counterfeit or contain dangerous ingredients.
Opiate detox and rehabilitation programs have popped up across the country to try and meet the demand of people who become dependent. Some programs treat only one aspect of the problem, while some others may offer substandard treatment without lasting results. Waismann Method in southern California has successfully treated thousands of people from across the world for more than a decade. We provide safe, humane and discreet rapid opiate detox. We use a process that uses intravenous medication to cleanse the drugs from patients’ opiate receptors. This happens while patients are sleeping lightly under deep sedation and takes less than two hours. Our detoxification accelerates withdrawal symptoms, which develop and pass while patients are sedated. They awaken without the awareness they’ve already passed through withdrawal. Patients typically stay in the hospital a total of 5 to 6 days and can return home once discharged. Others may choose to extend recovery at our Domus Retreat transitional living facility.