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Health Indicator Report of Youth Current Heroin Use

Substance abuse among youth remains a major public health problem. Substance use and abuse can increase the risk for injuries, violence, HIV infection, and other diseases (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
The rate of lifetime heroin use by youth has not significantly varied in recent years, neither in New Mexico nor the US. The NM rate for lifetime heroin use has been consistently higher than the US rate. This remained true in 2015, with a rate of 3.5% for NM and 2.1% for the US. For current heroin use, there is no apparent trend in the New Mexico rate. There is no national comparison for current heroin use.


There is no national comparison for current heroin use.

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Data Interpretation Issues

Responses are weighted to reflect youth attending public middle and high schools in New Mexico. The YRRS is administered in odd years.


Youth current heroin use is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported that they used heroin at least once in the past 30 days.


Number of youth reporting current heroin use


Total number of youth participating in the YRRS

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator
Page Content Updated On 11/30/2018, Published on 12/19/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:42:08 MST