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Youth Current Cocaine Use

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The New Mexico rate of current cocaine use decreased from 2003 (8.9%) to 2007 (5.4%) and has not shown significant change since then. The US rate decreased from 4.1% in 2003 to 2.8% in 2009, and has not significantly changed from 2009 to 2011. The New Mexico rate (5.2%) was higher than the US rate (3.0%) in 2011, and has been consistently higher than the US rate since 2003. The New Mexico rate in 2013 (5.3%) was higher than the US rate (3.0%) in 2011, and has been consistently higher than the US rate since 2003.
The difference in the rate between males (6.3%) and females (2.6%) was statistically significant. The rate of current cocaine use increased in prevalence with increasing grade levels Asian or Pacific Islander (11.8%) and Black (9.6%) students (11.0%) had higher rates of current cocaine use than Hispanic (5.1%), American Indian (3.4%), or White (2.5%) students. Differences between racial/ethnic groups were not statistically significant.

Youth Current Cocaine Use by County, Grades 9-12, New Mexico, 2019

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,


Youth current cocaine use is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported using cocaine at least one time in the past 30 days.

Data Sources

  • U.S. data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data
  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Number of youth reporting current cocaine use in the past month
Denominator:Total number of youth participating in the YRRS

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator

Indicator Data Last Updated On 05/19/2021, Published on 05/28/2021
Substance Use Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 S. Saint Francis Drive, Room N-1103, Santa Fe, NM, 87502. Contact Annaliese Mayette, Alcohol Epidemiologist, by telephone at (505) 476-1788 or email to