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Many people dream about visiting Hawaii someday. They imagine warm breezes, pristine beaches, and a diverse landscape that includes tropical plants, volcanoes, and lava fields. What they don’t envision is the massive drug-related culture on the island. One concern is the increasing threat from methamphetamine abuse and production in the state. According to the National Substance Abuse Index, Hawaii has the highest crime rate per capita of any other U.S. state. The high crime rate associated with meth activity includes a significant increase in child abuse and neglect, homicides, and domestic abuse.
The immense tourist and commercial traffic coming to the state increase the chance of drug smuggling and dealing. For instance, in a single year, more than seven million people visit the islands through Honolulu International Airport. A significant portion of drugs in the state are brought in by people traveling on airliners. Other smugglers use shipping companies or the postal service. For these reasons, the state of Hawaii is classified as a High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
Drug overdose fatalities increased by 83% from 2006 to 2014. This significant increase places a tremendous burden law enforcement and treatment programs. To get an overall idea of the enormity of the drug-related problems in Hawaii, we need to look at the numbers for each of the most widely abused substances in the state:
Hawaii ranks #1 in the U.S. for the highest percentage of meth-related treatment admissions.
Hawaii ranks 410% higher than the national average in positive workplace drug tests.
Meth attributed to 61 of 120 drug-related deaths in 2013.
Meth-related problems cost more than %500 million per year.
More than 79% of drug-related crimes are attributed to meth.
Among Hawaiian high school students, more than 4,500 admitted to using meth at least once.
Treatment providers for heroin abuse see a lot of 18 to 21 year-olds and middle class or affluent people.
Higher prices for opiates are causing addicts to turn to heroin as a cheaper alternative.
More than 18 pounds of heroin bound for Honolulu were seized by federal investigators. The street value of this batch is half a million dollars.
Adolescents between ages 12 to 17 reported using an illicit drug like heroin in the month before being surveyed.
Among high school students, 3.4% have tried heroin at least once.
About 78,000 (6.8%) of people over age 12 abused or were dependent on alcohol in 2014.
Of students ages 18 to 20 years old, more than 44% admitted to drinking alcohol in the past month.
About one in five students (22.4%) consumed alcohol in the past month.
More than 19,000 (13.2%) students aged 12 to 20 years-old reported binge drinking within the past month.
About 78% of young people under the age of 17 perceived no great risk in occasional marijuana use.
About 5% of 12 to 17-year-olds initiated marijuana use in the past year.
Indoor and outdoor marijuana cultivation operations are pervasive in Hawaii.
More than 97,300 cannabis plants were seized in one year alone.
Hawaii ranks among the top four states for the number of cannabis plants eradicated each year.
About 26,000 (2.3%) of people over age 12 were dependent on cocaine or other illicit substances in the past year.
In 2015, workplace cocaine use fell to 0.3% in the first quarter of the year.
About 4,000 people aged 12 or older received treatment for cocaine or other illicit drug addictions.
Of the 778 overdose deaths between 2010 and 2014, more than 35% were attributed to opioid pain relievers.
About 5,000 (5.1%) people aged 12 to 17 admitted to nonmedical use of painkillers in the past year.
Between 2000 and 2016, opioid overdose deaths more than doubled from 25 to 59 deaths.
Last year, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that prevents prescribing more than a thirty day supply of opioids. The bill also enables physicians to track prescriptions using a database. Also, Governor David Ige introduced a $10 million initiative to help combat the opioid problem. This initiative would provide more than 20,000 opioid overdose rescue kits.
Marijuana and meth addicts consume more treatment resources than all other drugs combined. Include the number of other addicts to get an idea of the urgency for more treatment programs in this state.
Local Prevention and Education Programs
Reducing the number of addicts is one way to save lives. Expanding prevention and education programs is an excellent first step in that direction. Some of the local organizations and agencies that are dedicated to this goal include the following:
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Substance abuse counseling approach
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Brief intervention approach
12-step facilitation approach
Contingency management motivational incentive
Dialectical behavioral therapy
Rational emotive behavioral therapy
Community reinforcement plus vouchers
Cash or self-payment
Private health insurance
Federal or any government funding for substance abuse programs
State financed health insurance plan other than Medicaid
Military insurance e.g. TRICARE
Access to recovery ATR voucher
IHS Tribal Urban ITU funds
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