State of Health Indicator Report for Youth Use of Pain Killers to Get High
DefinitionYouth 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
NumeratorNumber of youth reporting use of pain killers to get high
DenominatorTotal number of youth participating in the YRRS
Data Interpretation IssuesResponses 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, www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/alcoholdrug).
Healthy People Objective: SA-19.2, Reduce the past-year nonmedical use of prescription drugs: TranquilizersU.S. Target: Not applicable
Other ObjectivesSubstance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator
Page Content Updated On 11/30/2018, Published on 12/19/2018