Substance Use Overview


Below are selected indicators for Substance Use and Related Behavior
See links under Data Indicators > Substance Use for additional indicators, trends and comparisons.

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Indicator Indicator Description San Juan County New Mexico U.S. Trend (County)
Alcohol
Adult Binge Drinking (2021) Binge drinking is 5 or more alcoholic drinks (males) or 4 or more drinks (females) on a single occasion 11.9% 14.7% 15.4% Same
High School Binge Drinking (2021) Same definition as adults 5.0% 7.6% 10.5% Decrease from 2019
Middle School Binge Drinking (2021) Same definition as adults 2.0% 3.5% n/a Decrease from 2019
Alcohol-related Death Rate (2021) Rate per 100,000, deaths that involved excessive or chronic use of alcohol, alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related injury 169.3 103.2 41.5 Increase
Alcohol-related Injury Death Rate per 100,000 of injury death with alcohol involvement 54.4 42.3 14.1 Increase overall; decreased from 2020 to 2021
Alcohol-related Chronic Disease Death Rate per 100,000 of chronic disease related to alcohol 114.9 60.9 13.6 Increase
Traffic
Alcohol-related traffic crash fatalities (2016-2020) Rate fatalities per 100,000 population 9.7 5.7 4.6 Plateau
Percent Alcohol-involvement (2022) Percent of fatalities that involve intoxicated drivers 47.4% 22.7% 30% Fluctuates; No change overall
Overdose
Drug Overdose (2021) Rate per 100,000 of deaths due to drug overdose 35.4 52.8 28.3 Increase
Methamphetamine Overdose (2016-2020) Rate per 100,000 deaths due to methamphetamine 9.2 10.8 n/a Increase across state
Unintentional Rx Drug Overdose (2016-2020) Rate per 100,000 deaths due to accidental overdose related to prescription medication 6.9 7.3 n/a n/a
Cannabis
Adults, current marijuana use (2020) Adults who report past 30-day use of marijuana 11.2% 15.3% n/a n/a
High School Youth, current marijuana use (2019) HS Youth who report past 30-day use of marijuana 27.6% 28.4% 21.7% No change
Early initiation marijuana use, HS Youth (2019) HS Youth who report using marijuana before age 13 16.9% 14.5% 5.6% Increase since 2015; Overall no change
Middle School Youth, current marijuana use (2019) MS Youth who report past 30-day use of marijuana 13.5% 10.9% n/a No change
Smoking and E-Cigs
Adults, current E-cigs (2020) Adults who report past 30-day use of vaping/E-cigs 6.5% 4.9% 4.6% Slight increase
Adults, current cigarette smoking (2021) Adults who report smoking cigarettes in past 30 days 15.8% 14.2% 14.0% Gradual decrease overall
High School Youth, current E-cigs (2021) High School Youth who report past 30-day use of vaping / E-cigs 22.5% 25.3% 18.0% Increase overall. Decrease from 2019.
Middle School Youth, current E-cigs (2021) Middle Youth who report past 30-day use of vaping / E-cigs 9.2% 10.6% n/a Decrease from 2019.
Adult Cannabis & E-Cigs estimates from the New Mexico Community Survey, a convenience sample survey in most counties, that have progams with funding from the NM Office of Substance Abuse Prevention

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