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The situation: Recent Drug Enforcement Administration studies
indicate that methamphetamine poses a multi-pronged threat in
New Mexico:
  • It is available in multi-kilogram quantities
  • While clandestine lab seizures in New Mexico have dropped,
    referral seizures involving Mexican-produced meth
    coming in from California and Arizona have remained high.
  • Methamphetamine investigations are especially prevalent
    in the area known as the Four Corners region where the
    states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet
  • to form a common border and along the eastern New
    Mexico/Texas border.

Meth in New Mexico  

-- High school students who say they have used methamphetamine at least once during their life:
Year                                       2007         2009
U.S. average (all grades)        4.4%        4.1%
N.M. average (all grades)       7.7%        6.3%
N.M. 9th grade                        7.5%        6.0%
N.M. 10th grade                     7.6%        5.8%
N.M. 11th grade                      8.3%        5.5%
N.M. 12th grade                     7.1%        7.6%
Source: Centers for Disease Control survey

-- Clandestine meth lab busts in New Mexico since 2004
Year                 2004     2005    2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Lab busts          121        59        34        36         62        58       44
Source: El Paso Intelligence Center

-- Number of people admitted to drug treatment for amphetamine-related addictions and the percentage of all admissions that were related to amphetamines (mostly meth).
Year                  2005       2006     2007      2008     2009    2010
Number           703        910       1,018      846        708     n/a
Percentage       7.7%     7.3%     8.5%      7.3%      7.0%   n/a
(Note: the national average percentage of meth admissions is 6.3%)
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

-- Seizures of methamphetamine in New Mexico by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Seizure amounts are in kilograms (note: 1 kg. = 2.2 lbs.):
Year                 2005     2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Seizures           76.1      67.6      49.1     35.2      73.6     51.2
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration

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H.S. students using meth
Percentage of 9-12th graders who say they have used meth at least once in their life:
Source: Centers for Disease Control survey
U.S. avg.    New Mexico