Opioid abuse is serious, but we can’t let it distract us from the need for new initiatives to combat by far the most tenacious drug problem in the islands.
You wouldn’t think we’d ever lose track of a scourge as devastating and prevalent as methamphetamine abuse.
After all, meth-related problems are still filling up our emergency rooms, and it’s the most common substance used in Hawaii by people admitted to substance abuse treatment centers.
Meth use hasn’t diminished, but our awareness of it has.
If we’re serious about addressing issues as varied as homelessness and health system overload, worrying about meth needs to come back into style.