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Meth use in N.M. on the rise

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Methamphetamine use in New Mexico is not declining.

The highly addictive drug was detected in the bodies of 92 people who received autopsies at the state Office of the Medical Investigator in 2010. In 2011, the drug was found in 109 people. In 2012, 102 people had meth in their system when they underwent an autopsy, according to OMI. Those numbers include overdoses.

Addiction to meth and other stimulants continues to be the No. 1 reason for admission into primary drug abuse treatment clinics in New Mexico, according to a 2012 White House report. Based on that indicator, meth use has been the fastest-growing drug in the state, with about 2 percent of all clinic admissions attributed to the drug in 2000.

In 2011, just under 20 percent of all drug treatment admissions were due to meth abuse. The second highest? Marijuana.

Also, a 2011 U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assessment of meth use among New Mexico high school students found that 6.3 percent of them admitted using the drug one or more times.

More than 50 kilograms of the drug were seized in 2010 in New Mexico by state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.