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Complete Health Indicator Report of Youth Current Inhalant Use


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

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,

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

Graphical Data Views

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

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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.
NM vs. U.S.YearPercentage that Used InhalantsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 16
New Mexico20036.85.87.9
New Mexico20057.56.19.2
New Mexico20077.86.59.4
New Mexico20097.76.59.1
New Mexico20116.75.87.8
New Mexico20135.54.56.7
New Mexico20154.23.74.8
New Mexico20174.84.15.7
United States200312.110.913.4
United States200512.411.113.8
United States200713.312.114.6
United States200911.710.612.8
United States201111.410.712.1
United States20138.9
United States20157.0
United States20176.35.66.9

Data Notes

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

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

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Asian or Pacific Islander (8.9%) and Black (6.2%) students were more likely to use inhalants than Hispanic (4.7%), American Indian (4.2%), or White (2.4%) students. Prevalence of inhalant use was not associated with grade level. There was no difference in prevalence of inhalant use between males (4.6%) and females (3.8%).
Grade Level YRRSSex and RacePercentage that Used InhalantsLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 90
9th GradeMale, American Indian2.40.96.7**3158
9th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeMale, Black****
9th GradeMale, Hispanic4.82.88.317336
9th GradeMale, White3.71.310.0**7179
9th GradeMale, All Races4.72.87.734738
9th GradeFemale, American Indian7.43.415.3*10137
9th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeFemale, Black****
9th GradeFemale, Hispanic2.61.06.7*9366
9th GradeFemale, White5.72.612.3*9189
9th GradeFemale, All Races4.63.26.534750
9th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian5.23.08.914297
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander****
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Black8.73.321.1*667
9th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic3.92.65.927706
9th GradeBoth Sexes, White4.72.58.8*16368
9th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races4.83.66.4701,494
10th GradeMale, American Indian3.80.914.7**4123
10th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
10th GradeMale, Black****
10th GradeMale, Hispanic7.64.811.827317
10th GradeMale, White6.43.710.813210
10th GradeMale, All Races6.54.98.747708
10th GradeFemale, American Indian8.02.622.2**11116
10th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
10th GradeFemale, Black****
10th GradeFemale, Hispanic5.33.38.521401
10th GradeFemale, White5.02.98.79222
10th GradeFemale, All Races5.53.97.845805
10th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian5.71.816.5**15239
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander8.54.615.4*459
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Black2.80.514.4**251
10th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic6.44.78.748718
10th GradeBoth Sexes, White5.73.78.622433
10th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races6.04.87.6921,514
11th GradeMale, American Indian5.02.111.5*7114
11th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
11th GradeMale, Black****
11th GradeMale, Hispanic2.41.24.6*8284
11th GradeMale, White4.22.47.310219
11th GradeMale, All Races4.43.06.333680
11th GradeFemale, American Indian5.52.511.4*7118
11th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
11th GradeFemale, Black****
11th GradeFemale, Hispanic2.20.85.6*7319
11th GradeFemale, White2.50.97.2**6201
11th GradeFemale, All Races2.71.64.621680
11th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian5.22.99.214234
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander12.34.131.4**653
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Black****
11th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic2.31.33.815603
11th GradeBoth Sexes, White3.41.86.3*16420
11th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races3.52.64.8541,362
12th GradeMale, American Indian2.40.77.7**3105
12th GradeMale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeMale, Black****
12th GradeMale, Hispanic7.24.411.719264
12th GradeMale, White4.41.710.5*7176
12th GradeMale, All Races5.73.49.132585
12th GradeFemale, American Indian1.80.39.1**293
12th GradeFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeFemale, Black****
12th GradeFemale, Hispanic2.30.86.5**6302
12th GradeFemale, White3.01.18.3**5159
12th GradeFemale, All Races2.41.34.213591
12th GradeBoth Sexes, American Indian2.10.85.1*5198
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander****
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Black****
12th GradeBoth Sexes, Hispanic4.62.77.725566
12th GradeBoth Sexes, White3.72.16.512336
12th GradeBoth Sexes, All Races4.02.75.8451,178
TotalMale, American Indian3.32.25.117500
TotalMale, Asian/Pacific Islander13.36.923.9*1297
TotalMale, Black6.93.014.8*7110
TotalMale, Hispanic5.54.07.6711,206
TotalMale, White4.63.26.737786
TotalMale, All Races5.34.16.81472,719
TotalFemale, American Indian6.23.810.031468
TotalFemale, Asian/Pacific Islander9.64.917.9*787
TotalFemale, Black3.00.99.5**495
TotalFemale, Hispanic3.62.55.2471,397
TotalFemale, White4.22.95.929772
TotalFemale, All Races4.23.55.11192,841
TotalBoth Sexes, American Indian4.93.37.450974
TotalBoth Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander11.77.118.719184
TotalBoth Sexes, Black5.82.811.9*12206
TotalBoth Sexes, Hispanic4.63.75.61192,607
TotalBoth Sexes, White4.43.45.6661,560
TotalBoth Sexes, All Races4.84.15.72705,575

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.

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

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In 2015, the highest rates for current inhalant use were in Mora (12.6%), Curry (8.3%), and Otero (8.2%) counties; and the lowest in Eddy (2.0%), Union (2.3%), and Chaves (2.4%) counties.
CountyPercentage that Used InhalantsLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 34
De Baca****
Dona Ana7.05.19.5711,023
Los Alamos5.53.78.120348
Rio Arriba9.18.110.330450
San Juan3.52.45.032830
San Miguel5.13.57.526465
Santa Fe6.24.87.91321,964
New Mexico5.04.55.694017,718

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

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

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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