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Results of the 2011 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), a collaborative project of the New Mexico Departments of Health and Public Education, reveal a decrease in the rates of several important health risk behaviors among the state’s public high school students. The prevalence of suicide attempts, cigarette smoking, binge drinking, and physical fighting have decreased significantly in recent years. At the same time, New Mexico has seen an upward trend in the rate of students who are obese. Caring and supportive relationships between high 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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