The Hawaiian island are made up of eight major islands and a complex archipelago of islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The island state has a population of 1.2 million people. Like the rest of the mainland United States, Hawaii is not immune to the problem of drug abuse.
Due to the geography of Hawaii, it has been tough to control the drug industry in the state. The majority of drugs come into Hawaii by air, sea or mail. Between 7 and 12 tourists visit Hawaii each year, which contributes further to the problem of incoming illegal drugs.
Cocaine is easily available throughout Hawaii and is often abused in concert with heroin and marijuana. The demand for cocaine in Hawaii is enhanced by the huge tourist business. In peak tourist season, law enforcement experiences an increase in cocaine trafficking.
Black tar heroin is sometimes available in Hawaii. Common in the cities, it is rare in the rural parts of the state. The top abused drug in Hawaii is crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice. It is available throughout Hawaii and comes into the state by air or sea transportation. An increase in gang-related violence, drug-related crime, thefts, and social and economic issues has been experienced in Hawaii with the rise of crystal methamphetamine.
Hawaii has a large college population and a large military population. This has made abuse of club drugs, including MDMA, GHB and LSA a problem at nightclubs, beach parties and bars. Over the past ten years, MDMA, or ecstasy has become the drug of choice for abuse among teenagers, military personnel and college students. The majority of ecstasy comes into Hawaii via air and sea transportation.
Hawaii leads as a major grower of marijuana, especially on Oahu, also known as the Big Island.
Hydrocodone is the most abused prescription drug in Hawaii. Anabolic steroid use and abuse is also common in Hawaii.
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