ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A nationwide survey of high school students found that New Mexico youths report some of the nation’s highest rates of drug use across a broad range of illegal substances.
It ranked second highest for cocaine and Ecstasy use, fifth highest for methamphetamine and eighth highest for heroin.
The survey also found that one in four New Mexico high school students said they had used marijuana at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey. New Mexico ranked second among U.S. states by that measure.
Health officials and advocates for young addicts said they weren’t surprised by the findings. They point to factors that include ready availability of drugs, a lack of treatment options, and deeply ingrained social behavior in New Mexico.