Survey: Teen drug use in Rio Arriba Co. higher than NYC, L.A.
Posted at: 09/02/2013 1:16 PM
| Updated at: 09/02/2013 1:18 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
A state-wide survey shows high school students in Rio Arriba County use drugs more than any other teens in New Mexico and in some major cities.
According to the Rio Grande Sun, the surveyed students also use drugs more often than students in New York City, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
Of the Rio Arriba County teens surveyed, more than 40 percent said they used marijuana—the most used drug in the survey. Painkiller use followed at 21 percent.
A little more than 10 percent said they used meth and 11 percent reported using heroin.
According to the newspaper, the New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey has been distributed to teens since 2003. The last time students took the survey was 2011.
Survey researchers noted the rates of marijuana, heroin and painkiller use to get high among New Mexico teens has not changed significantly in recent years.