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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile for Youth Current Marijuana Use

Problem Statement

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, www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/alcoholdrug).
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.


Chart 1. Youth Current Marijuana Use, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2003-2017

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

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confidence limits

Data Notes

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

Table 1. Youth Current Marijuana Use, Grades 9-12 by Grade, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage that Used Marijuana
Sex and Race/Ethnicity9th10th11th12thAll Grades
Male, American Indian32.132.732.236.833.2
Male, Asian/Pacific Islander********21.3
Male, Black********32.5
Male, Hispanic21.728.333.934.529
Male, White19.623.4262122.5
Male, All Races22.926.930.330.727.4
Female, American Indian30.336.740.238.335.9
Female, Asian/Pacific Islander********17.7
Female, Black********23.3
Female, Hispanic24.323.63037.728.9
Female, White14.322.823.128.521.7
Female, All Races21.824.328.634.727.1
Both Sexes, American Indian31.534.536.137.634.6
Both Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander**18.119.2**19.7
Both Sexes, Black27.519.6****29.1
Both Sexes, Hispanic23.325.831.836.329
Both Sexes, White172324.624.422.1
Both Sexes, All Races22.525.629.432.727.3


Data Notes

The YRRS is administered in odd years.   **Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

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

Problem Statement

Higher grades show higher rate of current marijuana use. There was no statistically significant variation by gender. The rate among American Indian (34.1%) students was higher than among Black (25.7%), Hispanic (26.3%), Asian/Pacific Islander (20.8%), and White (19.3%) students.
In 2015, the rate of past 30-day marijuana use was highest in Taos (36.6%), Grant (35.5%), and Cibola (34.0%) counties. The rate was lowest in Curry (14.2%), De Baca (14.2%), Eddy (14.4%), and Lea (18.1%) counties.

Table 2. Youth Current Marijuana Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage that Used Marijuana
County
Bernalillo27.9
Catron3.7
Chaves26.8
Cibola36.3
Colfax21.2
Curry13.9
De Baca**
Dona Ana27.4
Eddy26.7
Grant35.1
Guadalupe28.8
Harding**
Hidalgo13.5
Lea19.8
Lincoln25.2
Los Alamos16.6
Luna26.6
McKinley34.2
Mora25.1
Otero31.8
Quay19.8
Rio Arriba37.3
Roosevelt18.4
Sandoval30
San Juan27.5
San Miguel31.2
Santa Fe33.9
Sierra26.5
Socorro30.3
Taos42.9
Torrance29.1
Union12.5
Valencia32.4
New Mexico28.2
U.S.**


Data Notes

The YRRS is administered in odd years.   **Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

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

Chart 2. Youth Current Marijuana Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017



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

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confidence limits

Data Notes

The YRRS is administered in odd years.   **Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

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

Chart 3. Youth Current Marijuana Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

Youth Current Marijuana Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

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Data Notes

The YRRS is administered in odd years
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