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Results of the 2011 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) reveal few recent changes in the rates of health risk behaviors among the state’s public middle school students. While the rates of many behaviors associated with alcohol use have decreased among high school students in recent years, statistically significant changes were not seen among middle school students. The prevalence of current drinking, binge drinking, riding in a car with a drinking driver, and cocaine use appeared lower in 2011 than 2009, but these differences were not statistically significant. At the same time, New Mexico has seen statistically significant increases among middle school students in the rates of being bullied on school property and in fasting to lose weight, an unhealthy weight control behavior. Caring and supportive relationships between middle school students and their parents or guardians, teachers, peers, and adults in their communities continue to be strongly associated with lower rates of alcohol, drug, or tobacco use, violent acts and suicide attempts.


This report is a joint publication of the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED), with support and technical assistance from the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (UNM PRC), the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, and the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-DASH). Gratitude is extended to the individuals listed below for their contribution toward developing and producing this report.



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