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HEALTH STATUS - Drug Use
Adult Drug Use Rising: Adult drug use (aged 26 and older) in Hawai'i and the United States has remained around 6 percent since 2002. In comparison, 20 percent of adults aged 18-25 reported having used drugs in the past month.

Youth Drug Use Rising: In 1999, reported drug use among youth aged 12-17 in Hawai'i was similar to that reported for the nation as a whole. Drug use among Hawai'i's youth increased between 1999 and 2003, but fortunately has dropped since 2003. In 2007, 10.6 percent of Hawai'i's youth reported drug use in the past month.

Drug Use Prevention and Treatment: Use of drugs such as marijuana, heroin, and crystal methamphetamine is associated with serious consequences, including injury, illness, disability, and death. While no single approach for substance abuse and addiction treatment exists, comprehensive and carefully tailored treatment has been successful. Drug use among adolescents is associated with a number of unhealthy, unproductive, and dangerous behaviors, such as driving under the influence, truancy, delinquency, and high-risk sexual activity. Core strategies to prevent drug abuse among youth include raising awareness, educating and training parents and others, strengthening families, providing alternative peer activities, building skills and confidence, mobilizing and empowering communities, and employing environmental approaches.1


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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, Substance Abuse and Treatment Needs: Survey Estimates for Hawai`i.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Office of Applied Studies, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.
Note: Drug use is defined as having used any illicit drug in the past 30 days.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, State Estimates of Substance Abuse.
Note: Drug use is defined as having used any illicit drug in the past 30 days.