Scientific Laboratory Division

The Scientific Laboratory Division (SLD) is the sole public health, environmental, and drug laboratory for New Mexico. It conducts tests for infectious diseases threatening people, livestock and wildlife, as well as for hazardous materials and pollutants in our water, air and milk. It also tests for alcohol and drugs in DWI criminal cases and for autopsy cases. Over the course of a year, the lab performs more than 350,000 tests on nearly 80,000 samples.

We provide laboratory analysis and scientific expertise for policy development for tax-supported public health, environment and toxicology programs in New Mexico in order to provide timely identification of threats to the health of New Mexicans.


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