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Health Indicator Report of Youth Current Cocaine Use

Substance abuse among youth remains a major public health problem. Substance use and abuse can increase the risk for injuries, violence, HIV infection, and other diseases (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
The New Mexico rate of current cocaine use decreased from 2003 (8.9%) to 2007 (5.4%) and has not shown significant change since then. The US rate decreased from 4.1% in 2003 to 2.8% in 2009, and has not significantly changed from 2009 to 2011. The New Mexico rate (5.2%) was higher than the US rate (3.0%) in 2011, and has been consistently higher than the US rate since 2003. The New Mexico rate in 2013 (5.3%) was higher than the US rate (3.0%) in 2011, and has been consistently higher than the US rate since 2003.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

Data Interpretation Issues

Responses are weighted to reflect youth attending public middle and high schools in New Mexico. The YRRS is administered in odd years.


Youth current cocaine use is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported using cocaine at least one time in the past 30 days.


Number of youth reporting current cocaine use in the past month


Total number of youth participating in the YRRS

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator
Page Content Updated On 11/30/2018, Published on 12/19/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:41:53 MST