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Aiona: Meth presence recedes in Hawaii


As the Lingle-Aiona Administration has moved aggressively to protect residents, employers and businesses from the harmful effects of drug abuse, there is evidence meth is becoming less of a menace across the state, Lt. Gov. James Aiona said.

“The number of meth labs fell from 17 in 2005 to zero last year, due largely to laws that restrict the sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine to keep it from being cooked into methamphetamine,” Aiona said.

In 2008, there were 2,967 admissions to drug and alcohol treatment centers across the state, down from 3,538 in 2005 evidence that the state’s strategies and collaborative efforts to combat illicit drug use has yielded positive results.

Aiona attributed the results to a three-prong strategy of prevention, treatment and enforcement, which are key elements of the Hawaii Drug Control Plan launched in 2005.

“Although we can take pride in these gains – which have brought national attention to Hawaii — we must never become complacent,” he said. “We must remain vigilant by continuing to collaborate with other government agencies, private agencies and community members in the fight against substance abuse.”

As part of the Administration’s ongoing awareness effort, September will be declared “Recovery Month” in Hawaii. 

“Controlling illicit drugs is everyone’s responsibility,” Aiona said. “Together, we can strengthen our families, improve our communities and move our state beyond the influence of ice and other dangerous substances.” 

One Response to “Aiona: Meth presence recedes in Hawaii”

  1. No Sympathy says:

    So the war against meth has been won?


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