Locally Produced Drugs Continue to Plague Hawaii

If you live in the continental United States, it may not be surprising to find that drugs can slip into your community from almost any direction. After all, drugs could be transported over our borders from Mexico or Canada, and there are also major shipping operations bringing South American drugs in through the Caribbean and up the California coastline.

What may be more surprising is that an island state like Hawaii can have just as bad of a drug problem as anywhere else, seeing as it’s almost 2,500 miles from the mainland of the United States. Shipping or flying any drugs into Hawaii takes a dedicated effort and is much more expensive than brining them into any of the other states, so this may be a large part of why many of the drugs Hawaiians are using are actually homegrown.

The two main drugs abused by Hawaiians are marijuana and stimulants such as methamphetamine. Marijuana can be grown almost anywhere (even in hidden indoor rooms with a hydroponics system and grow lights), and methamphetamine is notorious for being created in homemade labs. The spread of these two drugs throughout Hawaii is showing that drug abuse is a difficult trend to contain.

That doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to handle the addiction, however. You simply have to find the right resources to do so.

Drug Use Myths

Part of the difficulty in handling drug abuse is that society passes around a lot of false information about what effects drugs actually have on the human body. The current trend of marijuana legalization is partly driven by the idea that marijuana is a harmless drug or that it at least isn’t as harmful as other drugs.

Neither of these ideas is true. Recent research has supported the finding that smoking marijuana leads to long-term brain deformities. If young people use marijuana while their bodies and brains are still developing, it can lead to a lowered IQ for the rest of their lives.

The simple fact is that smoking any drug (including tobacco) is very bad for your health. Using something like meth is even worse for your body and mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to use marijuana. You won’t get as hurt jumping from a second-story window as you would from a fourth-story window, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to jump from either.

Getting Real Help for Addiction

With drug use continuing to spread, it can often seem that nowhere is truly safe from addiction. Recent reports indicate that even Hawaii’s prisons are having a surge in drug use despite all prisoners seemingly being safe behind bars.

In order to get real help with any form of drug use, contact Solution to Addiction about finding a drug rehab that will work for you. Addiction rehabilitation needs to be personalized to the individual that is using drugs, and Solution to Addiction has trained personnel ready to help you do the research and make the right choice. Call 1-800-343-0892 and you’ll find that you can get on the path to getting clean today.