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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile for Youth Use of Pain Killers to Get High

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).
Painkiller use to get high had the second highest prevalence (7.9%) of all 30-day drug use measures in the 2015 YRRS, behind marijuana 25.3%). The question about the use of painkillers to get high is not on the national YRBS, and there is no national comparison.


Chart 1. Youth Used Pain Killer to Get High, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2007-2017

Youth Used Pain Killer to Get High, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2007-2017

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confidence limits

Data Notes

The question about the use of pain killers to get high is not on the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and there is no national comparison.

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Table 1. Youth Used Pain Killer to Get High, Grades 9-12 by Grade, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage that Used a Pain Killer to Get High
Sex and Race/Ethnicity9th10th11th12thAll Grades
Male, American Indian7.97.64.45.56.6
Male, Asian/Pacific Islander********17.9
Male, Black********13.9
Male, Hispanic510.86.111.58.3
Male, White3.46.54.34.84.7
Male, All Races5.795.79.87.4
Female, American Indian9.214.96.85.79.2
Female, Asian/Pacific Islander********11
Female, Black********6.1
Female, Hispanic2.57.155.15.2
Female, White7.64.75.95.86.1
Female, All Races5.27.15.75.56.1
Both Sexes, American Indian910.95.55.68.1
Both Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander**12.611.2**15
Both Sexes, Black9.84.1****11.1
Both Sexes, Hispanic48.95.58.16.7
Both Sexes, White5.55.65.15.35.4
Both Sexes, All Races5.685.77.76.9


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

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.
In 2015, the rate of painkiller use to get high was highest in Mora (14.2%), Grant (13.2%), and McKinley (12.3%) counties. The rate was lowest in De Baca (5.6%), Chaves (5.9%), and San Juan (6.1%) counties.

Table 2. Youth Used Pain Killer to Get High, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage that Used a Pain Killer to Get High
County
Bernalillo6.2
Catron5.7
Chaves10
Cibola9
Colfax7.1
Curry3.3
De Baca**
Dona Ana7.8
Eddy8.3
Grant9.1
Guadalupe3.3
Harding**
Hidalgo1.6
Lea6.9
Lincoln6.1
Los Alamos6.1
Luna5.2
McKinley7.1
Mora6.8
Otero8.6
Quay1.4
Rio Arriba10.2
Roosevelt2.1
Sandoval8.5
San Juan5.8
San Miguel6
Santa Fe5.7
Sierra12.9
Socorro7.5
Taos6.8
Torrance6.3
Union3
Valencia8
New Mexico6.8


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.

Chart 2. Youth Used Pain Killer to Get High, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017



Youth Used Pain Killer to Get High, 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 Used Pain Killer to Get High, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

Youth Used Pain Killer to Get High, 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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Content updated: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:43:04 MST