The Opioid Epidemic and Heroin in Honolulu
From 2006 to 2014, the rate of drug overdose deaths in Hawaii increased by 83%, far exceeding the 37% increase in fatal overdoses which occurred over the course of the same years at the national level. The number of fatal overdoses in Honolulu and throughout Hawaii has continued to increase since 2014, and opioids and heroin cause most overdoses in Honolulu. An opioid overdose claimed the lives of 77 Hawaiians in 2016, and in 2017, the number of deaths in Hawaii from overdoses surpassed the number of deaths from car crashes. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are the two most commonly abused opioids in Honolulu, although fentanyl, an opioid even more dangerous than heroin, is also fueling addiction and claiming lives throughout Hawaii. In fact, drug traffickers sometimes lace fentanyl into heroin, a combination which poses a very high risk of overdose. Law enforcement has discovered fentanyl in Honolulu and on almost every island in Hawaii.
Heroin abuse is a serious problem for Honolulu. Addiction to opioids, either prescribed or illicitly manufactured, has caused many Hawaiians to try heroin. In Hawaii, heroin abuse is becoming more prevalent among young adults as well as among older members of the middle class. Consequently, a market has developed in Honolulu for heroin trafficking. In 2017, authorities confiscated 18 pounds of heroin in California which were being sent to Honolulu.
Methamphetamine Abuse in Honolulu
Although the opioid epidemic is growing more severe in Hawaii, methamphetamine remains the most widely-abused illegal drug in Honolulu. Methamphetamine first entered the territory of the United States through Hawaii from Asia, but today most methamphetamine in Honolulu comes from Mexico. After alcohol, adolescents in Hawaii abuse methamphetamine more often than any other substance. Hawaii is a state with one of the highest percentages of prisoners who have been convicted on charges related to methamphetamine, which is illegal to use, possess, manufacture, and distribute. Methamphetamine also contributes to violent crime.
It’s everywhere, and it’s prevalent in physical domestic violence; it’s prevalent in theft cases, assault cases, crimes of violence, and it’s pretty much the common denominator for violent crimes across the state.
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Binge Drinking in Honolulu
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20% of adults in Hawaii are binge drinkers. The average binge drinker in Hawaii has 107 drinks every year. In Honolulu, about 19% of adults are binge drinkers. Binge drinking is dangerous for a person’s physical health and mental well-being and may result in alcohol dependency and addiction. Binge drinking also contributes to traffic accidents, some of which cause death. In 2017, 44 people lost their lives in Honolulu as a result of a car crash. Alcohol was involved in the majority of the accidents.
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Finding Help in Honolulu
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