There is a worldwide shortage of of antivenom, in part, because there is little economic incentive for drug companies to produce it. Despite the expense and challenge, a Mexican company is a leader in the production of anti-venom and wants to sell it to the world, including the United States. In the last of a two-part series exploring this public health issue, travel to Mexico to learn how horses are key to producing the antivenom.
Antivenom is dangerously low or exhausted in many parts of the U.S. In the first part of a series looking at this public health issue, it turns out the solution may be a drug from Mexico credited with saving lives throughout the Southwest "Venom Belt."
Some 85,000 foreign nationals have New Mexico's driver's licenses, according to the governor's office. About 1.7 million people have licenses.
The former mayor faces up to 65 years in prison under charges of gun smuggling, conspiracy and making false statements.
Alien related tourism brings in about $14 million in revenue to Roswell, a city of about 50,000 spread on a desert plain.
The movement of people over age 65 from one state to another has declined by 26 percent since 2006.
Chiles are the state treasure of New Mexico. Now their authenticity is protected by state law. Governor Susana Martinez signed legislation in April that could send anyone caught lying about selling the real thing to jail.
A higher than average runoff from the Rocky mountains to the Colorado River this spring will make water more plentiful than usual in states like Nevada, California and parts of Arizona. But the Rio Grande River is getting almost nothing from the melting snow.
Blood is in high demand in Mexican hospitals these days. The terrible drug violence plaguing the country has created an increase in patients with life threatening injuries, like gunshot wounds.
Federal law enforcement regularly arrests people for smuggling weapons across the border into Mexico. But it's not everyday that they detain a mayor, a town trustee and a police chief as suspected gun traffickers.