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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, www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/alcoholdrug).
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%).

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.

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.

Definition

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.

Numerator

Number of youth reporting current inhalant use

Denominator

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
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Content updated: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:42:25 MST