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).
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
New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
How the Measure is Calculated
Number of youth reporting use of pain killers to get high