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Youth Current Methamphetamine Use

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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.

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 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.

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

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator

Indicator Data Last Updated On 11/30/2018, Published on 12/19/2018
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