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, www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/alcoholdrug).
NotesThe 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 SourceNew Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
Data Interpretation IssuesResponses are weighted to reflect youth attending public middle and high schools in New Mexico. The YRRS is administered in odd years.
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
Page Content Updated On 11/30/2018, Published on 12/19/2018