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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,
The rate of painkiller use to get high was higher among males (8.7%) than females (6.9%), but this difference is not statistically significant. The rate was significantly higher among 12th graders (9.7%) compared to 6th graders (6.1%). The prevalence was higher among Black (12.1%) and American Indian/Alaska Native (11.9%) than among Hispanic (8.0%) and White (5.1%) students.


**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.


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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