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Complete Health Indicator Report of Youth Current Methamphetamine Use


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

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.

Why Is This Important?

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,

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator

Graphical Data Views

Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2003-2017

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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.
NM vs. U.S.YearPercentage that Used MethamphetamineLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 16
New Mexico20037.368.7
New Mexico20054.63.85.5
New Mexico20074.43.75.2
New Mexico20093.93.24.9
New Mexico20113.93.24.8
New Mexico20133.72.84.9
New Mexico20153.22.73.8
New Mexico20173.22.44.3
United States20037.66.78.7
United States20056.25.37.2
United States20074.43.75.3
United States20094.13.64.6
United States20113.83.44.3
United States20133.2
United States20153
United States20172.523

Data Notes

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

Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by Grade, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2017

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Asian or Pacific Islander (9.3%) and Black (8.8%) students were more likely to be current methamphetamine users than Hispanic (3.4%), American Indian (2.8%), or White (1.9%) students. Prevalence of current methamphetamine use was not associated with grade level. Males were more likely to report current methamphetamine use (4.7%) than females (1.6%).
Grade Level YRRSSex and RacePercentage that Used MethamphetamineLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 90
9th GradeMale, American Indian1.40.54.1**2157
9th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeMale, Black****
9th GradeMale, Hispanic3.91.88.5*14337
9th GradeMale, White1.30.36.6**2180
9th GradeMale, All Races3.01.46.5*23739
9th GradeFemale, American Indian4.91.217.7**3137
9th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeFemale, Black****
9th GradeFemale, Hispanic0.30.02.7**1365
9th GradeFemale, White1.50.44.7**3190
9th GradeFemale, All Races1.30.62.9*7750
9th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian3.51.48.9*6296
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Black5.51.221.2**367
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic2.41.14.9*16706
9th GradeBoth Sexes, White1.40.53.8*5370
9th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races2.41.44.0321,495
10th GradeMale, American Indian5.31.913.9*5124
10th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
10th GradeMale, Black****
10th GradeMale, Hispanic6.54.39.621318
10th GradeMale, White4.02.66.27210
10th GradeMale, All Races5.64.07.836710
10th GradeFemale, American Indian4.91.021.7**4116
10th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
10th GradeFemale, Black****
10th GradeFemale, Hispanic2.31.14.8*9401
10th GradeFemale, White0.50.13.7**1222
10th GradeFemale, All Races2.11.23.816805
10th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian5.11.515.8**9240
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander5.83.210.5258
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Black5.61.222.4**252
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic4.32.86.430719
10th GradeBoth Sexes, White2.31.63.38433
10th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races3.92.75.5521,516
11th GradeMale, American Indian3.71.211.4**4114
11th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
11th GradeMale, Black****
11th GradeMale, Hispanic3.21.47.3*9284
11th GradeMale, White2.91.55.3*7218
11th GradeMale, All Races3.72.55.726679
11th GradeFemale, American Indian0.0**0118
11th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
11th GradeFemale, Black****
11th GradeFemale, Hispanic1.10.34.0**3319
11th GradeFemale, White2.00.94.1*4201
11th GradeFemale, All Races1.30.72.5*8680
11th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian1.90.66.2**4234
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander9.53.523.2*553
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Black****
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic2.11.04.2*12603
11th GradeBoth Sexes, White2.41.53.811419
11th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races2.51.73.8341,361
12th GradeMale, American Indian2.80.710.0**3105
12th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeMale, Black****
12th GradeMale, Hispanic5.02.69.3*12264
12th GradeMale, White5.61.915.3**9176
12th GradeMale, All Races4.92.59.2*27585
12th GradeFemale, American Indian2.50.510.6**293
12th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeFemale, Black****
12th GradeFemale, Hispanic3.11.17.9*7303
12th GradeFemale, White0.60.14.6**1158
12th GradeFemale, All Races2.10.95.2*10591
12th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian2.60.88.4**5198
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Black****
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic3.92.26.919567
12th GradeBoth Sexes, White3.31.38.4*10335
12th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races3.51.86.6*371,178
TotalMale, American Indian3.22.04.914500
TotalMale, Asian/Pacific Islander6.93.313.9*796
TotalMale, Black8.23.418.6*9111
TotalMale, Hispanic4.83.37.0581,208
TotalMale, White3.42.15.425787
TotalMale, All Races4.33.16.01142,722
TotalFemale, American Indian3.21.28.4*9468
TotalFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander5.52.213.0*387
TotalFemale, Black0.0**095
TotalFemale, Hispanic2.01.13.7231,397
TotalFemale, White1.20.52.6*9772
TotalFemale, All Races1.91.33.0452,841
TotalBoth Sexes, American Indian3.51.96.325974
TotalBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander6.33.910.110183
TotalBoth Sexes, Black5.32.311.9*10207
TotalBoth Sexes, Hispanic3.42.54.7822,609
TotalBoth Sexes, White2.31.53.6341,561
TotalBoth Sexes, All Races3.22.44.31635,578

Data Notes

**Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Youth Current Methamphetamine Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

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In 2015, the highest rates of current methamphetamine use were in Mora (7.4%), Roosevelt (7.3%), Lea (6.7%), and Hidalgo (6.7%) counties, and the lowest rates were in San Miguel (1.0%), Los Alamos (1.4%), and Dona Ana (1.7%) counties.
CountyPercentage that Used MethamphetamineLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 35
De Baca****
Dona Ana4.22.86.4451,026
Los Alamos1.00.32.8**3348
Rio Arriba6.04.77.716450
San Juan1.71.02.913830
San Miguel3.52.06.214465
Santa Fe3.32.54.4691,969
New Mexico3.02.63.553117,738

Data Notes

**Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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Content updated: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:42:52 MST