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The situation: According to recent
professional papers, methamphetamine has
outlasted all other drug epidemics in Hawaii.
The problem has been around for more than
two decades and shows few signs of going

According to the DEA, a great deal of  the
crystal methamphetamine abuse in Hawaii is
attributed to drug trafficking organizations with
strong domestic and international organized
crime enterprises. Mexican organizations have
become more involved in the production and
distribution of crystal methamphetamine in

Capt. Gerald Matsunaga of the Maui Police
Department's Vice Division told The Maui News that he's noticed a "stabilization" of meth on the streets, with no significant increase or decrease in the use of the drug since 2008. "By no means has the meth problem disappeared," he told The Maui News. "We see it affecting children in their early teens, all the way up to people in their 50s and 60s."

Meth in Hawaii:

-- Nationally, just 6.3% of drug treatment admissions are for methamphetamine. In Hawaii that figure is 27.2% and has been higher than 31% in recent years..

-- From 2005 through 2010, nearly 320 Kg (700 pounds) of methamphetamine has been seized in Hawaii -- an  average well above the national average. (From DEA)

-- Spending for substance-abuse treatment, prevention and research:
                                   Amount    Per capita  Pct. of budget
Hawaii              $4M         $3.220.07%
U.S. average    $65M       $10.64        0.37%
(From The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University) 

Speaking of meth

“Many people in Hawaii know first-hand the devastation that Meth use causes families and, as a result, want to be part of the solution. It is important that the community participate directly in the prevention effort if we are to break the multi-generational impact of this drug in Hawaii.”
-- Cindy Adams, Executive Director of the Hawaii Meth Project “,

“Crystal meth is the biggest drug problem we have in Hawaii and its use is the most significant driver of crime across our state.”
-- Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro
Teen helpline:
Parent info. line

Federal crisis line:

"Meth on Molokai"
How ICE has impacted an island

Find treatment:
Federal search tool

Hawaii Meth Initiative

More Hawaii meth resources
If you have comments or information to add, please e-mail the National Meth Center
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), 2009
Hawaii  U.S.
Youth report
High school students who say they have tried meth at least once in their life.
Source: CDC Youth Risk Behavior survey
Canoe project engages youth