According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), around 49% of the Hawaii people (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. Approximately 18% of the population in the age group of 12-17 years and around 59% in the age group of 18-25 years reported using alcohol past month. Among the people of 26 years or older the rate is more than 51%.
In the survey, around 24% of the Hawaii people showed binge alcohol use and around
40% reported perceptions of great risk of having five or more drinks
of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week. In the age group of
12-17, past month binge alcohol use is around 12%. In the state, 7.52%
of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past
year and had the need for drug
and alcohol addiction treatment in Hawaii..
Cocaine and crack cocaine are sufficiently available to meet the user
demand in Hawaii. Crack cocaine is readily obtainable and is converted
on an as needed basis. Much of the heroin used in Hawaii is black
tar heroin, although there is some smuggling and distribution
of Southeast Asian heroin. Marijuana is Hawaii's second most significant
drug threat. This drug is widely available and the use continues to
increase among Hawaii's juveniles. Hawaiian grown cannabis is commonly
cultivated and contains some of the highest tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
in the nation.
methamphetamine (ice) is the drug of choice in Hawaii and
is considered to be the most significant drug threat to the state.
Per capita, Hawaii has the highest population of ice users in the
nation. Abuse of predatory drugs, including MDMA, GHB, and LSD (lysergic
acid diethylamide), is increasing among Hawaii's youth and the large
military population stationed in Hawaii. These drugs are easily available
to military personnel, teenagers, and young adults attracted to dance
clubs, raves, and bars.
Hydrocodone is one of the most abused pharmaceutical drugs in Hawaii. Local pharmacies in Hilo report that individuals are purchasing the maximum limits for pseudoephedrine-based OTC drugs.
According to the NSDUH (2003), 1.7% of Hawaii citizens reported the past year their dependence on illicit drugs. Among Hawaii high school students surveyed during 2003, 33.8% reported using marijuana at least once during their lifetimes. Around 4.1% of Hawaii middle school students surveyed in 2003 reported using marijuana for the first time before the age of eleven.
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