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Important Facts for Youth Use of Pain Killers to Get High


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

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-19.2, Reduce the past-year nonmedical use of prescription drugs: Tranquilizers

U.S. Target: Not applicable

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator
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Content updated: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:43:04 MST