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“Opioids are becoming a big problem for our families in Hawaii.  Like many other states, Hawaii is seeing deaths due to overdose surpassing traffic fatalities.  In Hawaii, between 2012 and 2016, an average of 150 people per year died from a drug overdose compared to 113 deaths from motor vehicle crashes. Many of these deaths were related to prescription medication. 


The good news is that, compared to other states, Hawaii ranks relatively low in opioid related deaths and rates of heroin use. Working together, we have the opportunity to protect our loved ones and prevent opioid misuse epidemic on our beautiful island homes.”


DEA's next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27, 2018

 KPD installs new medication drop box
KAUA‘I POLICE DEPARTMENT News Release: August 2, 2018

Hawaii launches statewide drug drop box program as part of opioid initiative 
Hawaii News Now By Olivia Peterkin, Digital Content Produce Published July 16th 2018, 5:43 pm, Updated July 16th 2018, 6:28 pm

Hawaii medication drop-box program launched
KHON Web Staff Posted: Jul 16, 2018 12:32 PM HST Updated: Jul 16, 2018 06:23 PM HST

Gov. David Ige signs bills directed toward reducing opioid overdoses 
Hawaii News Now HNN Staff Published July 9th, 2018, 10:32 pm Updated July 9th, 2018, 10:36 pm

SAMHSA publishes updated toolkit to help prevent opioid overdoses
SAMHSA issued on: June 11, 2018

Opioid bills would tackle Hawaii's opioid crisis 
Hawaii News Now By Diane Ako, Digital Content Produce Published Jun 02, 2018 2:56 PM Updated: Jun 02, 2018 2:56 PM 

MPD first to get outfitted with antidote for opioid overdoses - Maui News 
The Maui News by Melissa Tanji May 23, 2018

Maui police now carry spray that can reverse opioid overdoses 
Hawaii News Now Last Modified: May 16, 2018 7:07 PM HST

CDC launches campaign to help states fight prescription opioid epidemic
CDC Newsroom March 29, 2018, 1:00 PM ET

Curbing opioid addiction in the islands 
KHON 2 By:  Jenn Boneza Posted: Mar 08, 2018 10:30 AM HST Updated: Mar 08, 2018 10:30 AM HST

SAMHSA publishes guidance on clinical best practices using medication-assisted treatment to combat the opioid epidemic
SAMHSA Issued on: February 15, 2018

SAMHSA Announces New Efforts to Advance Evidence-Based Practices for Opioid Use and Serious Mental Illness
SAMHSA Issued on: January 17, 2018

State Releases Hawai‘i Opioid Initiative Action Plan 
Big Island Now Issued on: December 1, 2017, 1:15 PM HST Updated December 1, 2017, 1:16 PM

Hawaii Releases Opioid Action Plan 
OH&S site Officials released it Dec. 1. The plan was developed collaboratively by multiple agencies starting in July 2017. 

HHS Acting Secretary Declares Public Health Emergency to Address National Opioid Crisis
HHS Press Release October 26, 2017

Combating the Opioid Epidemic -
White House FY 19 Budget Fact Sheet

SAMHSA Reaffirms Efforts to Address the Public Health Emergency on the Opioid Crisis
SAMHSA Issued on: October 26, 2017

DEA releases 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment Prescription opioid abuse poses deadly threat
DEA Press Release October 23, 2017

Another outbreak related to the nation’s opioid crisis: hepatitis C
Washington Post By Katie Zezima October 17, 2017

Digital War on Drugs: App Shows Opioid Overdoses Instantaneously
NBC News by Elizabeth Chuck Oct.09.2017  12:14 AM ET

 ASTHO Opioid Framework Assists Health Officials in Combating the Epidemic
ASTHO Press Release Sept. 20, 2017

Governor Ige Press Release July 12, 2017 Updated July 12, 2017 8:11pm

State officials work to prevent opioid overdoses 
Honolulu Star Advertiser By  Kristen Consillio July 12, 2017 

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