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Complete Health Indicator Report of Youth Current Heroin Use


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

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.

Why Is This Important?

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,

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator

Graphical Data Views

Youth Current Heroin Use, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2003-2017

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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.
YearPercentage that Used HeroinLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 8

Data Notes

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.

Youth Current Heroin Use, Grades 9-12 by Grade, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2017

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Asian or Pacific Islander (9.3%) and Black (8.9%) students were more likely to be current heroin users than Hispanic (3.0%), American Indian (2.1%), or White (1.5%) students. The prevalence of current heroin use was not associated with grade level. Males were more likely to report current heroin use (4.3%) than females (1.2%), this difference was statistically significant.
Grade Level YRRSSex and RacePercentage that Used HeroinLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 90
9th GradeMale, American Indian1.70.55.5**2157
9th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeMale, Black****
9th GradeMale, Hispanic3.92.36.614337
9th GradeMale, White1.70.46.7**3176
9th GradeMale, All Races3.52626735
9th GradeFemale, American Indian5.51.517.7**4136
9th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeFemale, Black****
9th GradeFemale, Hispanic0.90.33.2**3366
9th GradeFemale, White1.10.33.6**3189
9th GradeFemale, All Races1.60.92.711749
9th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian41.69.4*7295
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Black7.82.621.5**567
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic2.61.83.918707
9th GradeBoth Sexes, White1.40.53.7*6365
9th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races2.71.94391,490
10th GradeMale, American Indian2.90.515.5**3123
10th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
10th GradeMale, Black****
10th GradeMale, Hispanic5.138.617319
10th GradeMale, White2.81.16.8*6210
10th GradeMale, All Races4.12.76.229708
10th GradeFemale, American Indian4.90.921.6**4116
10th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
10th GradeFemale, Black****
10th GradeFemale, Hispanic1.90.93.9*9400
10th GradeFemale, White0**0222
10th GradeFemale, All Races1.60.83.3*14804
10th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian3.80.717.5**7239
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander6.41.721.7**358
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Black2.20.315.8**150
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic3.42.15.526719
10th GradeBoth Sexes, White1.40.63.6*6433
10th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races2.91.84.4431,513
11th GradeMale, American Indian0**0113
11th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
11th GradeMale, Black****
11th GradeMale, Hispanic2.21.24.2*8283
11th GradeMale, White2.20.95.5*5217
11th GradeMale, All Races2.61.54.418676
11th GradeFemale, American Indian0.301.8**1118
11th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
11th GradeFemale, Black****
11th GradeFemale, Hispanic0.50.11.9**2318
11th GradeFemale, White1.80.74.7*4200
11th GradeFemale, All Races10.51.9*8678
11th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian0.100.9**1233
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander9.32.529.6**453
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Black****
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic1.30.62.6*10601
11th GradeBoth Sexes, White214.2*9417
11th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races1.81.12.9261,356
12th GradeMale, American Indian2.80.710.1**3104
12th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeMale, Black****
12th GradeMale, Hispanic5.12.311.1*13265
12th GradeMale, White3.31.19.5**5176
12th GradeMale, All Races4.32.28.2*25585
12th GradeFemale, American Indian2.50.610.7**292
12th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeFemale, Black****
12th GradeFemale, Hispanic2.70.88.6**5301
12th GradeFemale, White1.20.34.9**2157
12th GradeFemale, All Races2.10.85.2*9587
12th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian2.60.88.4**5196
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Black****
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic3.81.68.8*18566
12th GradeBoth Sexes, White2.315.3*7334
12th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races3.21.66.2*341,174
TotalMale, American Indian1.913.48497
TotalMale, Asian/Pacific Islander7.32.817.8*796
TotalMale, Black9.24.916.7*10109
TotalMale, Hispanic4.22.96.1531,209
TotalMale, White2.51.34.7*19782
TotalMale, All Races3.62.55.3992,713
TotalFemale, American Indian3.51.48.5*11466
TotalFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander5.22.211.5*387
TotalFemale, Black0.402.7**195
TotalFemale, Hispanic1.91.13.5231,394
TotalFemale, White10.52.2*9769
TotalFemale, All Races1.91.22.8472,833
TotalBoth Sexes, American Indian2.91.46*21969
TotalBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander6.43.212.6*10183
TotalBoth Sexes, Black63.111.2*12205
TotalBoth Sexes, Hispanic3.12.14.4772,607
TotalBoth Sexes, White1.813281,553
TotalBoth Sexes, All Races2.8241505,561

Data Notes

**Data have been suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

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

Youth Current Heroin Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

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In 2015, the highest rates for lifetime heroin use were in Mora (9.3%), Roosevelt (6.8%), Luna (6.1%), and Hidalgo (5.7%) counties, and the lowest in Union (0.7%), Eddy (0.9%), and Los Alamos (0.9%) counties.
CountyPercentage that Used HeroinLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 35
De Baca****
Dona Ana4.53.16.4461,028
Los Alamos1.30.35.9**4347
Rio Arriba5.43.2916451
San Juan21.23.514831
San Miguel2.81.84.412462
Santa Fe3.32.54.3681,957
New Mexico2.82.43.248217,687

Data Notes

**Data suppressed due to small numbers

Data Source

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

More Resources and Links

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Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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