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Overview of Addiction in Hawaii

In 2013, an estimated 7,000 children ages 12–17 and 79,000 adults age 18 and older were dependent on or abusing illicit drugs or alcohol in Hawaii. Marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary substance abuse treatment admissions in the 50th state, followed closely by stimulants, including methamphetamine.

Hawaii had the 34th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States in 2013 with 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities. Poisoning is the leading cause of injury‐related deaths in Hawaii, and drugs cause 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths.  The average annual number of drug poisoning deaths, also called overdoses, nearly doubled from the 1999‐2003 period (78 deaths) to the 2009‐2013 period (151 deaths). In 2013, the poisoning death rate was 10.7 deaths per 100,000 residents, and the drug overdose death rate was 10.1 compared to a motor vehicle traffic‐related death rate of 7.2 deaths per 100,000 residents. From 2008 to 2013, 146 drivers involved in fatal traffic crashes tested positive for drugs.

Key Substance Abuse Issues in Hawaii

  • Hawaiians are famous for growing some of the most well-known marijuana in the world, and it’s a plant that is fairly heavily ingrained in the island culture. However, recreational pakalolo (the Hawaiian word for marijuana) remains illegal in Hawaii.
  • By November 2016, Hawaii will license eight dispensaries, which can begin selling medical marijuana to registered patients. After December 31, 2018, no primary caregiver will be authorized to cultivate cannabis for any qualifying patient.
  • During the most recent eight years, methamphetamine was the second most frequently used primary substance, climbing from 18.5 to 27.9 percent.
  • Despite a 26.1% drop in meth use in the Hawaiian Islands since 2006, the state still leads the nation when it comes to meth in the workplace. Workplace meth use in Hawaii is 410% higher than the national average.
  • About 90% of property crime in Hawaii is accepted to be drug-related. Likewise, numerous murders and other violent crimes, including prisoner crimes, have been connected to crystal methamphetamine. In Hawaii, a large percentage of youth drug cases are based on meth abuse.
  • Ritalin and Adderall are especially common with students who refer to Ritalin as legal cocaine. Some people start taking Ritalin and Adderall for the symptoms of ADD or ADHD, but then they get addicted to the medications and can’t stop taking them.
  • Opioid pain relievers, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, contributed to more than one‐third of the state’s 756 drug overdose deaths from 2009 through 2013. Like Adderall and Ritalin, prescription painkiller addiction often starts with a prescription from a doctor after an accident, illness or surgery.
  • People over age 65 are also at risk for prescription drug abuse—and perhaps even more so. Americans age 65 and older make up 13% of the population but consume about one-third of all prescription drugs. This group also takes more potentially addictive medication than any other age group.
  • In the first five months of 2015, there have been 372 DUI arrests on the island of Hawaii compared with 485 during the same period last year, a decrease of 23.3 percent.

 

Get Help with Addiction in Hawaii

Whichever island you are on or whatever drug you are taking, the knowledgeable addiction specialists at recoveryas.com will help you recover your clean and sober life. By calling toll free to 1 (877) 968-6283, you will be taking the first step toward lifelong abstinence.

If your insurance coverage is with one of the following companies, recoveryas.com can help you find the help you need. We can work with any PPO coverage and also offer affordable self-pay and financing options for addiction treatment.

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Health Partners Coventry Health Care United Health Group
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