Substance Abuse in Rural Communities-Challenges and Opportunities

December 10, 2014 7:57 PM

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The Island of Hawai'i is the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands, at roughly 4087 sq. miles it is larger than all the other major islands combined. It is a geographic wonder that boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones on the planet. There is a lot space and a tremendous amount of natural beauty on Hawai'i Island. But despite all of the magnificence that surrounds us on the Big Island we face daunting challenges in making sure that those we serve get what they need.

A 2010 report put out by the White House states that in 2007-2008 10% of Hawai'i residents reported illicit drug use compared to the national average of eight percent. The island has a population of approximately 190,821 people. One would think that with a relatively small population there would be ...

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