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What Causes a High Rate of Teen Drug Use in New Mexico?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

Within the state of New Mexico, high school youth reported some of the nation's highest rates of drug use across a range of illegal substances. The state ranked second highest for cocaine and club drugs, and fifth-highest for methamphetamine and eighth highest for heroin use. One in four New Mexico high school students reported they had used marijuana at least once in the last 30 days. Many health officials in the state point the factors to readily available drugs, a lack of available treatment, and ingrained social behaviors among youth. Roughly 9% of students have reported they have used cocaine at least once in their lives, and around 8% had reported they had used club drugs or a synthetic drug at least once.

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The state of New Mexico has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths and the second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths within the nation. Alcohol abuse among New Mexico high school students is a common problem, however, the state has seen a recent decline in binge drinking. In 2015 roughly 15% of high school students in New Mexico reported binge drinking, which is one in seven students. In 2003 that percentage was up to 35% of high school students who were binge drinking. Among the states in the nation for binge drinking, New Mexico ranked 23rd and is well below the national average of 17%.

Throughout the state of New Mexico are not extensive treatment resources, and some facilities have been shut down. Drug Rehab Services can help teens who are struggling with addiction find the right type of treatment they need for their addiction. Through an extensive directory of treatment services, teen addicts can search through the various counties in the state to find the treatment they need. Depending on the severity of the addiction, this could be either inpatient or outpatient drug rehab. Detox would be the first step the addict would take to ensure they can safely transition into a drug treatment center.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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