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New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Data:


 In 2017, among NM high school students (grades 9–12):

27.3% Current marijuana users

16.3% Improper use of prescription pain medicine, ever in lifetime (without a prescription, or differently than medically directed)

26.2% Current alcohol drinkers

20.7% Drank alcohol before age 13

35.8% Experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness

17.8% Seriously considered suicide

9.9% Experienced sexual violence (at least once in the past 12 months)


United States Youth Risk & Resiliency Data High School Comparison:


Mental Health Indicators:

Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness (for at least two weeks in a row during the past 12 months)   NM: 35.8%    US: 31.5%

Made a suicide attempt (during the past 12 months)       NM: 9.9%   US: 7.4%


Tobacco Use Indicators:

Smoked cigarettes before age 13  NM: 13.5%   US: 9.5%

Ever used a e-cigarette:  NM: 51%  US: 42.2%


Alcohol Use Indicators:

Drank alcohol before the age 13:  NM: 20.7%  US: 15.5%

Rode in a car with a drinking driver    NM: 20.4%  US: 16.5%


Other Drug Use Indicators:

Current marijuana use   NM: 27.3%  US: 19.8%

Ever used cocaine   NM: 9.4%  US: 4.8%

Ever used heroin   NM: 3.4%   US: 1.7%

Ever used methamphetamines NM: 4.1%  US: 2.5%

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For indicators and statistics in your city in New Mexico, you can go to the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey homepage:



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