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Youth Current Marijuana Use

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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.

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 marijuana use is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported The YRRS is administered in odd years

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 marijuana use
Denominator:Total number of youth participating in the YRRS

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator

Indicator Data Last Updated On 05/20/2021, 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