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Health Indicator Report of Youth Current Inhalant 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 current use of inhalants (sniffing glue, breathing the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaling paints or sprays) was 4.2% in 2015, and has not varied significantly over recent years. There is no national comparison for current inhalant use.


There is no national comparison for current inhalant use.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

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 inhalant use is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported using inhalants (sniffed glue, breathed contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled paints or sprays) at least one time in the past 30 days.


Number of youth reporting current inhalant use


Total number of youth participating in the YRRS

Healthy People Objective: SA-21, Reduce the proportion of adolescents who use inhalants

U.S. Target: Not applicable

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 08:42:24 MST