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Health Indicator Report of Youth Use of Pain Killers to Get High

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,
Painkiller use to get high had the second highest prevalence (7.9%) of all 30-day drug use measures in the 2015 YRRS, behind marijuana 25.3%). The question about the use of painkillers to get high is not on the national YRBS, and there is no national comparison.


The question about the use of pain killers to get high is not on the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and there is no national comparison.

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 use of pain killers to get high is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported using a painkiller (such as Vicodin, OxyContin, or Percocet) to get high at least one time in the past 30 days


Number of youth reporting use of pain killers to get high


Total number of youth participating in the YRRS

Healthy People Objective: SA-19.2, Reduce the past-year nonmedical use of prescription drugs: Tranquilizers

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 08:43:04 MST