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New Mexico Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile Report - Preface

The New Mexico Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile is a tool for substance abuse prevention planners at the state, county, and community level. Its primary purpose is to support efforts related to the Statewide Epidemiological and Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW). The SEOW is intended to develop resources to help communities conduct needs assessments regarding substance use and its consequences; build capacity to address those needs; and plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based programs, policies, and practices designed to address the intervening variables related to identified substance-related problems. This document will be useful to those preparing proposals for funding and to program planners designing substance abuse prevention interventions. SEOW is funded by the New Mexico Human Services Department (NMHSD) Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD) Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA-CSAP).

Important Note about Comparability to Previous Reports

This report is the eighth in a series that began with the New Mexico State Epidemiology Profile published in 2005, and continued with the publication of updates in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016. These reports are available at:

Important methodological changes have occurred during the years. As a result, these reports may not be comparable with all others in the series, in several important ways. These changes and their impact on the comparability of reports in this series are described, in more detail, in a technical note at the end of this section. The following categories cannot be compared between the reports in this series:
  • Death counts and/or rates for any Alcohol-Related Death indicators should not be compared between the 2005 report and any later reports
  • Race/ethnicity reporting for indicators cannot be compared between the 2013 and subsequent reports and previous reports
  • Beginning with 2011 estimates, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) updated its surveillance methods. Any shift in prevalence between 2010 and 2011 must be interpreted with caution, as it may be partially due to change in methods necessary to keep up with changes in cell phone use in the US and take advantage of improved statistical procedures.
  • Data for risk behaviors (BRFSS-based) indicators have been aggregated for years 2013-2015, except for Adult Depression and Adult Drinking and Driving, which are not asked every year. These two indicators are reported on a single-year basis.
  • Reports from 2005, 2010, and 2011 reflected a special small numbers rule specific to them. This rule, devised by SEOW during the design of the original 2005 report, suppressed the reporting of death rates for table cells based on fewer than two deaths per year. This rule was replaced by the standard NMDOH small numbers rule used in other NMDOH publications. This rule establishes suppression of reporting only for table cells based on three or fewer events coming from a population of fewer than 20 people

The methodological changes and their impact on the comparability of reports in this series are described in more detail in a technical note in the Introduction section.

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