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Health Indicator Report of Youth Current Marijuana 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,
There has been no apparent trend in the rate of current marijuana use by New Mexico high school students in recent years. While the US rate decreased from 1999 to 2007, it has increased since then. While the NM rate in 2009 (28.0%) was higher than the rate in 2007 (25.0%), the difference was not statistically significant. In 2015, the New Mexico rate (25.3%) was higher than the US rate (21.7%), as it has been consistently higher for several years.


The YRRS is administered in odd years

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 marijuana use is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported


Number of youth reporting current marijuana use


Total number of youth participating in the YRRS

Healthy People Objective: SA-13.2, Reduce the proportion of adolescents reporting use of marijuana during the past 30days

U.S. Target: 6.0 percent

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 08:42:39 MST