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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile for Youth Current Inhalant Use

Problem Statement

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).
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.


Chart 1. Youth Current Inhalant Use, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2003-2017

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

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confidence limits

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

Table 1. Youth Current Inhalant Use, Grades 9-12 by Grade, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage that Used Inhalants
Sex and Race/Ethnicity9th10th11th12thAll Grades
Male, American Indian2.43.852.43.3
Male, Asian/Pacific Islander********13.3
Male, Black********6.9
Male, Hispanic4.87.62.47.25.5
Male, White3.76.44.24.44.6
Male, All Races4.76.54.45.75.3
Female, American Indian7.485.51.86.2
Female, Asian/Pacific Islander********9.6
Female, Black********3
Female, Hispanic2.65.32.22.33.6
Female, White5.752.534.2
Female, All Races4.65.52.72.44.2
Both Sexes, American Indian5.25.75.22.14.9
Both Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander**8.512.3**11.7
Both Sexes, Black8.72.8****5.8
Both Sexes, Hispanic3.96.42.34.64.6
Both Sexes, White4.75.73.43.74.4
Both Sexes, All Races4.863.544.8


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.

Problem Statement

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%).
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.

Table 2. Youth Current Inhalant Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage that Used Inhalants
County
Bernalillo4.6
Catron0
Chaves5.4
Cibola7.5
Colfax5.4
Curry0.9
De Baca**
Dona Ana7
Eddy2.3
Grant8.3
Guadalupe5.1
Harding**
Hidalgo4.8
Lea4.2
Lincoln5
Los Alamos5.5
Luna3
McKinley4.2
Mora5
Otero6.4
Quay2.2
Rio Arriba9.1
Roosevelt1.1
Sandoval4.3
San Juan3.5
San Miguel5.1
Santa Fe6.2
Sierra6.6
Socorro4
Taos5
Torrance5.4
Union0.8
Valencia7.4
New Mexico5


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.

Chart 2. Youth Current Inhalant Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017



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

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confidence limits

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.

Chart 3. Youth Current Inhalant Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

Youth Current Inhalant Use, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

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Page Content Updated On 11/30/2018, Published on 12/19/2018
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