WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN BREAK CYCLE OF METH ADDICTION

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By: Cindy Adams

Behind many of the recent headlines describing violent crimes are stories of individuals acting under the influence of crystal meth or being driven by their need to feed their addiction.

However, it is not just anecdotal evidence that tells us that ice use continues to be our biggest drug problem. Ninety percent of Hawaii’s federally sentenced drug cases involve methamphetamine and 48 percent of treatment admissions are meth-related.

This affects the families of those involved and all of us as taxpayers. The cost of meth abuse to Hawaii is estimated to be $500 million a year.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the purity level of ice is at its highest and the price per gram at its lowest since 2005. This increases its attraction to repeat users and young first-time users looking for a cheaper and better high.

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