Published On: Sat, Dec 9th, 2017

Quintana Roo ranks highest in marijuana use in Mexico: survey

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A survey reveals the five states in Mexico with the highest drug use and the drug of choice of the overall population…

According to the National Survey on Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco Consumption (ENCODAT) 2016-2017, Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Baja California, Coahuila, and Aguascalientes are the five states
with the highest drug use in Mexico, El Universal reports.

The survey, which considers the total drug use among the Mexican population aged 12 to 65 per state, shows data on the consumption of marijuana, cocaine, and amfetamines.

According to the data, Quintana Roo is the state with most consumers of marijuana, with a percentage of 13.8%; Jalisco, with a percentage of 6.9%, is the first in cocaine users; and Baja California, with 3.1%, in amfetamines.

The National Commission Against Addictions (CONADIC) has cautioned that drug use represents a serious public health problem and a challenge for both health institutes and law enforcement due to its high social impact, and recommend the implementation of public policies to decrease demand and control supply.

Overall, total use of illegal drugs in men has increased at a national level by 7% when compared to figures from 2008; while in women, by 2.4%.

A young woman smokes marijuana at a recent legalization rally in Mexico City. (PHOTO:

Marijuana is the illegal substance with the most growth in consumption, going from 3.5% in 2002 to 8.6% in 2016. This drug has increased its consumption in both, women and men, which has been attributed to the
risk perception in the population, which has decreased by 40% – a stark contrast to cocaine, whose risk perception increased by 62%.

“This situation is evident in Mexico City, where barely 26% consider very dangerous the use of marihuana”, stated the survey.

The states with most marijuana users between the ages of 12 to 65 are:
Quintana Roo – 13.8%
Baja California – 12.8%
Jalisco – 12.2%
Nayarit – 10.9%-
Colima – 10.8%

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