12 Mar New Mexico Teen Drug Use Among Highest in Nation
New Mexico Teen Drug Use
If you’re beginning to wonder if your teenage son or daughter has a substance abuse problem, you are not alone. Recent studies reveal that high school students in New Mexico report some of the highest rates of illegal drug use in the country.
In fact, New Mexico ranked second highest in the nation for cocaine and Ecstasy use. The state came in fifth highest for methamphetamine use and eighth highest for heroin use across the country.
Additionally, the survey found that one in four New Mexico high school students admitted to using marijuana at least once in the 30 days prior to taking the survey. When it comes to marijuana usage, New Mexico ranked second overall among all U.S. states, falling just beneath Washington D.C.
High Rates of Substance Abuse
According to State Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen, “The fact that New Mexico has high rates of substance abuse is consistent with our high rates of alcohol-related deaths and drug-overdose deaths.”
Unfortunately, New Mexico has the nation’s highest rate of alcohol-related deaths and the second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the entire country. Many of today’s youth grew up in environments where parents and family members dealt with substance abuse issues. Oftentimes, this leads to repetitive cycles and a lack of support from family members and peers who may be dealing with the same problems at home.
Heroin For Instance
When it comes to heroin, for instance, it’s been said that the drug is a generational problem with no stigma associated with its use in many parts of NM. That could attribute to a 2016 statistic showing approximately 5% of New Mexico teens needed specialty treatment but did not receive it.
The fact is, New Mexico is facing an uphill battle. It has one of the leading
drug-trafficking problems in the country. Heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines are three of the leading drugs smuggled across the border. Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of New Mexicans know someone who is struggling with some form of addiction.
Signs To Look For
If your teen is becoming withdrawn, sleeping more often, breaking rules and acting differently, it may be a sign of drug use. Other telltale signs are physical — such as weight gain or loss, red, watery eyes, nausea and tremors. Casual drug use can quickly spiral out of control if the signs are ignored. Parents who justify underage drinking or smoking marijuana as “experimentation” or “just a phase,” may escalate troubles as well. If you have any concern at all that your child is drinking or using drugs, have an open and honest conversation with them about it. If your teen confides in you and asks for help, you’ll want to reach out to a local rehab immediately. In the Albuquerque, NM area there are several reputable drug and alcohol rehab centers that can help.
Viewpoint Rehab can provide both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for your loved one. If you have any questions or if you’re ready to seek support in the New Mexico area, call us anytime at (877) 723-1243.