Previously restricted primarily to Hawaii
and California, methamphetamine
abuse has reached epidemic proportions throughout the United States during the past decade. This article reports Hawaii
We present epidemiologic findings from qualitative and quantitative studies conducted in Hawaii
to elucidate the problems associated with increasing methamphetamine
has been a concern in Hawaii
for nearly 2 decades. Although rates of current abuse have stabilized around 1%, lifetime use in Hawaii
is 12%, with higher rates in subpopulations. This corresponds to increases in arrests and convictions, utilization of services, and deaths.
has outlasted other drug epidemics in Hawaii
. Given its increasing presence throughout the United States, efforts to prevent and treat must be sustained and augmented.