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11,000 HAWAII STUDENTS NEED DRUG-ALCOHOL TREATMENT
    #1469552 - 04/18/03 08:46 AM (14 years, 9 days ago)

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11,000 Hawaii students need drug-alcohol treatment
Health Department report says 11% of students require help
By JAYMES SONG

The Associated Press

HONOLULU ? About one in 10 students in Hawaii from grades six through high school is in need of treatment for substance abuse problems, according to a state Department of Health report released Wednesday.

And the counties with the highest percentage of students needing treatment were Maui County and the Big Island.

The 2002 Hawaii Student, Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use Study shows 11 percent, or 11,319 students, were deemed in need of treatment for abuse of drugs, alcohol, or both.

Despite the numbers, the state can only afford to provide in-school treatment programs to 1,500 students each year. Treatment programs are provided in 29 of 44 public high schools and just three of 56 middle schools statewide.

??Less than 15 percent of students diagnosed with a substance abuse problem from the current study have utilized treatment facilities,?? the study found. ??Students are much more likely to receive help for a substance abuse problem if they perceive they need help and if they are told by others to get help.??

Renee Pearson, a University of Hawaii professor who conducted the study for the Health Department, said the positive side is that the percentage of students needing treatment has declined from 13 percent in 2000 and 16 percent in 1998.

A survey was administered to all 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students who received parental consent to participate. About 28,000 students from 181 public schools and 34 private schools responded to the anonymous questionnaire given every other year since 1987.

About half of the state?s high school seniors reported they have tried an illicit drug at least once, followed by sophomores (40 percent), 8th graders (22 percent) and 6th graders (10 percent).

??It?s important to note that the majority of students do not use drugs and they never tried drugs,?? Pearson said.

Marijuana was the most prevalent drug, with 46 percent of seniors reporting they have used it, according to the study. Marijuana was followed by inhalants, Ecstasy, hallucinogens, methamphetamine, cocaine and sedatives.

??I think the most compelling part (of the study) is that rates have stabilized or are declining,?? said Elaine Wilson, head of the state Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. ??The second most compelling is that there?s still a lot of treatment and prevention to do because we don?t want to lose any ground.??

While overall illicit drug use rates have stabilized over the past six years and remain lower than the national average, Ecstasy use continues to climb in isle high schools and now has reached nationwide levels.

About 10 percent of seniors reported trying Ecstasy last year, double the amount in 1998.

Some reasons for the spike are students believe Ecstasy is less harmful and is more easily obtainable than other drugs, Pearson said.

The study found marijuana was the most available illicit drug, followed by Ecstasy, hallucinogens, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Meanwhile, health officials were encouraged by the decline in tobacco and alcohol use. They said the availability of alcohol and tobacco has been drastically cut since the 1990s, partly because of ??stings?? targeting merchants who sell to minors.

About 75 percent of seniors, 65 percent of sophomores, 43 percent of 8th graders and 20 percent of 6th graders reported they have had alcohol. All the figures were down from previous years.

The study also found tobacco use rates were at an all-time low in 2002.

Some of the study?s goals were to assess the prevalence and trends of substance use and identify treatment needs within the community. It was funded with funds from the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

The study will be used to identify where funds should be directed and what drug and alcohol prevention measures are needed, officials said.




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Re: 11,000 HAWAII STUDENTS NEED DRUG-ALCOHOL TREATMENT [Re: motaman]
    #1470721 - 04/18/03 04:54 PM (14 years, 9 days ago)

I wonder if all those alcohol commericials littering the boob tube these days have something to do with this... "Hey kids, we know you feel like shit and are bored with your miserable liife that society has imposed upon you, so why not drink up and imagine your self to be as coo and successfull as those people you see on tv with a beer in their hand?"


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Re: 11,000 HAWAII STUDENTS NEED DRUG-ALCOHOL TREATMENT [Re: motaman]
    #22951926 - 02/27/16 02:47 PM (1 year, 1 month ago)

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motaman said:

Some reasons for the spike are students believe Ecstasy is less harmful and is more easily obtainable than other drugs, Pearson said.




Actually, pretty sure it's because they find it helps with their depression, anxieties, finding meaning, making friends and having an amazing time.


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Re: 11,000 HAWAII STUDENTS NEED DRUG-ALCOHOL TREATMENT [Re: XTCentral]
    #22987767 - 03/09/16 03:12 AM (1 year, 1 month ago)

Yeah, well, weed is everywhere in Hawaii. The societal culture around weed is a lot more free. Lots of people grow their own, and Hawaiians have been using it since long ago. It's a culture thing, everyone's parents and grandparents smoke pot, lol. Shrooms grow free around as well. :/


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Re: 11,000 HAWAII STUDENTS NEED DRUG-ALCOHOL [Re: Diamonds808]
    #22987885 - 03/09/16 05:54 AM (1 year, 1 month ago)

you can probably scratch that last word out of the title


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