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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Intervention

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), around 48% of the New Mexico population (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. Around 21% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and approximately 61% in the age group of 18-25 years reported using alcohol the past month. Among the people of 26 years or older the rate is around 50%.

In the survey, 24% of the New Mexico people showed binge alcohol use and above 47% reported perceptions of great risk of having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week. In the age group of 12-17, past month binge alcohol use is more than 14%. In the state, 10.01% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

According to the local law enforcement authorities in New Mexico, cocaine is the number one drug problem in the state. Crack cocaine is easily available throughout the state, and is most commonly found and abused in the urban areas. Most of the crack found in New Mexico comes from powder cocaine supplied by Mexican drug trafficking groups to local crack suppliers who convert the powder cocaine into crack.

Heroin availability and abuse have shown a steady increase in New Mexico over the last five years. Mexican black tar heroin is the most readily obtainable type in the state. Mexican brown powdered heroin also is available. Heroin is usually less expensive in the Southwest border areas of the state.

The main source of Marijuana, the most readily available and commonly abused drug in New Mexico, is Mexico. However, local independent growers farm cannabis also. Marijuana is less expensive in metropolitan areas and along the border.

Methamphetamine is a mounting drug threat to New Mexico. Law enforcement officials report that most of the methamphetamine available in the state originates in Mexico. An increase in the availability of locally produced methamphetamine has also been reported.

MDMA, Ketamine, LSD, and GHB are all available throughout the state, mainly in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Rave parties are regularly held in the area, often in distant locations on US Forest Service lands. The availability of MDMA in New Mexico has increased near college campuses, in urban areas, and in some locations near the border. The use of LSD as a club drug has increased a little.

Psilocybin mushrooms are obtainable and abused in some areas of New Mexico. The diversion of prescription drugs is a major issue faced by the state law enforcement. Unlawful or improper prescription practices are the primary means for illegally obtaining prescription drugs. Recently, New Mexico has decided to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2002) indicate that 2.10% of New Mexico citizens reported in the past year, their dependence on illicit drugs. It is estimated that around 15,000 New Mexico youth are dependent on alcohol or drugs.

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