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According to a recent study, Hawaii scores low in drug problems compared to other states in the nation.

The WalletHub study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia under three categories:

  1. Drug Use & Addiction
  2. Law Enforcement
  3. Drug Health Issues & Rehab

With various data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, etc., their studies found out that the Aloha state ranks 46th regarding the 15 key metrics. The metrics ranged from meth-lab incidents per capita, opioid prescriptions, drug-related arrests and overdose rates.

The report stated that Hawaii has the lowest number of opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 people.

The study also found out that per 100,000 drug users, Hawaii has the highest number of substance abuse treatment facilities.

The state ranks No. 20 and No. 21 regarding the use of illicit drugs by teenagers and adults, respectively.

What’s the prevalent drug issue in Hawaii?

The statistics that came from Quest Diagnostics’ annual report on the U.S. worker drug use showed that meth is still the top choice of the drug users of this island.

The Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is one of the leading providers of diagnostic testing in the US. Their report was based on more than 4.5 million urine tests that were collected from January – December 2010.

In 2010, with the sufficient data collected among the 42 states, Hawaii topped the list with 410% higher rate compared to the national average of positive workplace drug tests for methamphetamine.

What’s Crystal Methamphetamine?

This illegal drug is an odorless, colorless and smokable form of d-methamphetamine. It resembles glass fragments or ice shavings.

According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, the number of treatment admissions for Meth abuse doubled from 1994 to 2000.

Violence involving Meth abuse

Meth abusers tend to be violent and may endanger others as well as themselves. In the stage called ‘Tweaking,’ the Meth abuser experiences the diminishing effect of the drug and are prone to violence, paranoia, and delusions. Many users may try to extend the euphoric feeling by using other drugs like heroin or cocaine.

Violence associated with meth distribution and abuse is a serious concern of the law enforcement officials of Hawaii.

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