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What Age Groups and Genders in Hawaii Are Affected by Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

Hawaii is home to close to 1.4 million people, and nearly 35% of the population is over 50 years old. Around 20% of the population is over the age of 60, 10% are over the age of 70, and around 4% are over the age of 80. The percentage of the population that is over 60 years of age is growing rapidly. It is estimated that around 27% of the population will be over the age of 60 by 2030. Alcohol and drug abuse do affect people within this age group. Binge drinking does tend to decrease with age and around 18% of Hawaiians ages 50 to 64 reported binge drinking. However, illicit drug use has more than doubled among people ages 50 to 59 since 2002.

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Drug and alcohol abuse is also a problem among young people within the state, and young adults ages 18 to 26 often peak with their substance abuse. Once you start abusing drugs at a young age, this will often follow you into adulthood later in life. Treating drug addiction later in life is difficult, and most addicts are resistant to the idea of treatment. It is common for families to have to perform interventions to help their loved ones understand the importance of getting treatment. Youth drug problems include drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine. When young people start abusing drugs such as these their addiction will likely follow them into their adult life.

Youth drug treatment programs in the state can help addicts who are struggling with addiction. Early prevention programs are also important to help ensure young people within the state have the proper information about drugs and alcohol. For example, methamphetamine addiction in the state affects countless families, and many children end up being caught up with their parents abusing meth. This is a common problem within the state, and it is important for children to have access to programs that will help them avoid going down the same path as their parents.

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Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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