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Health Indicator Report of Youth Current Methamphetamine 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,
New Mexico's rate of lifetime methamphetamine use decreased from 7.7% in 2007 to 4.4% in 2015. The US rate decreased from 1999 (9.1%, not shown) to 2015 (3.0%). The New Mexico rate for lifetime methamphetamine use has been consistently higher than the US rate. This remained true in 2015. For current methamphetamine use, NM prevalence decreased from 7.3% in 2003 to 4.6% in 2005, but there has been no significant change since then. There is no national comparison for current methamphetamine use.


There is no national comparison for current methamphetamine use.

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 methamphetamine use is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported using methamphetamine at least once in the past 30 days.


Number of youth reporting current methamphetamine use


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 08:42:52 MST