Hawaii: Ice capital of the U.S.

Hawaii’s struggle with controlling meth and it’s even more addictive relative ice (or crystal meth) has gone beyond what could be classified as a problem; it has become an all out epidemic.
In a post written yesterday by World Dharma Vision Hawaii has been labeled the nations Ice capital.

The Star-Bulletin, as far back as 2003, has run feature articles on the “Ice Storm” sweeping the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii started getting attached to ice in the 1980s, before the rest of the country, when the drug started streaming in from Asia. Hawaii has earned the title of “Ice Capital” of the nation.

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently confirmed (Drugs and Drug Abuse State Factsheet, updated June 2007) that “Crystal methamphetamine (ice) is the drug of choice in Hawaii.”

Last year more methamphetamine was seized in Hawaii than any other drug.

Federal drug seizures in Hawaii in 2006 were: cocaine: 18.2 kgs., heroin: 0.3 kgs., marijuana: 13.1 kgs., hashish: 1.2 kgs and methamphetamine: 50.5 kgs.

The DEA reported that in Hawaii, the majority of methamphetamine is converted into ice.

THE HUMAN toll is serious because, as DEA reported, ice “lands in local night clubs, street corners, hotel sites, public areas, raves and private residences. The widespread use of crystal methamphetamine in Hawaii has had a devastating impact on Hawaii’s economy and family structure. … The drug’s presence has increased street violence and property crimes.” According to the Hawaii state Department of Health, more than 3,600 individuals were admitted to treatment centers seeking help for methamphetamine in 2005; and only a small fraction of individuals come forward to seek treatment.

The same post mentions the fact that Burma actually supports its regime by peddling meth in the Hawaiian islands.

Drug-trafficking organizations based in Asia are in Hawaii’s illegal drug market because the price of a pound of “ice” — crystal methamphetamine — retails for twice what it does on the U.S. mainland. According to the law enforcement officials, a pound of crystal meth retails in the western United States for $12,000 to $16,000. The same pound will fetch as much as $30,000 in Hawaii.

The fact that a country could partially support its military regime based upon the amount of crystal meth sold in Hawaii is a major problem. Crystal meth is also trafficked into Hawaii via plane and boat from the mainland and from Mexico as well.

I traveled to Hawaii a few years ago and saw that the effects of ice on the locals was evident even to the average tourist. On several street corners I saw entire families holding up signs in protest against ice; desperation written all over their faces. Even little children held up signs saying “Honk if you hate ice” and the like. The destruction caused by ice moves from one family to the next, tearing them apart and taking even the youngest of lives as its toll. The close knit community that Hawaii prides itself on is being ripped apart by the roots. Virtually every local that calls the Hawaiian islands home has been effected in some way by ice.

If you have ever seen the show “Dog the bounty hunter” you probably know that he works on the island of Oahu. I actually watch this show regularly, because I can appreciate what he is trying to do. On his show, practically every person he arrests has a problem with meth addiction. He attempts in vein to talk people out of what they are doing to themselves and to others, only to see them addicted again down the road. The grasp ice has is just too strong.

On these islands, amongst some of the most beautiful sights ever beheld by man, hides one of the planet’s ugliest demons: Meth.


  • Da hawaiian chik

    this shoked me… because i live in the islands of hawaii…I mean WOW!!

  • Da hawaiian chik

    this shoked me… because i live in the islands of hawaii…I mean WOW!!

  • http://www.bloggingthemovie.com Blogging The Movie

    interesting blog.. a meth awareness??? keep up the good work.

  • http://www.bloggingthemovie.com Blogging The Movie

    interesting blog.. a meth awareness??? keep up the good work.

  • dre

    Let's not forget about Guam's struggle with ICE.Not only has Hawaii fallen victum to the ICE epedemic but Guam has been swallowed whole by it. At $800 a gram families, individuals, professionals, those with potential, have been and are continuing to be destroyed one tke at a time by IVE. On Guam ICE knows no socioeconomic borders it only ravishes destruction and havoc.

  • http://somechicksblog.com SomeChick

    Well said and 100% correct. There is a mis-conception that meth is America's drug. Meth is a worldwide problem. Thank you for your valuable input!

  • http://www.hawaiirentalspot.com Hawaii Rental Guy

    okay first of all, although Hawaii does have an ICE problem, it isn't the worst problem out here. Drunk Driving here kills way more. And Dog the bounty hunter is a bounty hunter PERIOD. Any bounty hunter that has to track someone down has a problem with crime, It may be ICE in a Hawaii, but Crack Cocaine in California..

    Hawaii is STILL PARADISE

  • AlohaIsLost

    Hawaii has lost both paradise and aloha. ICE is only one of the problems that has turned it into a place with a large population that is homeless, angry, and violent. It is no longer paradise when you can't even swim in the ocean due to all the sewage they dump or because the homeless ice addicts have no place to live but on the beaches. What a scary place Hawaii has become – why would any tourist want to go there anymore?

  • AlohaIsLost

    Hawaii has lost both paradise and aloha. ICE is only one of the problems that has turned it into a place with a large population that is homeless, angry, and violent. It is no longer paradise when you can't even swim in the ocean due to all the sewage they dump or because the homeless ice addicts have no place to live but on the beaches. What a scary place Hawaii has become – why would any tourist want to go there anymore?

  • Pete

    Not sure why they say this “ICE” is crystal meth, has no properties of what was called crystal in the midwest, the effects are way different as well. It's just plain crapolla compared to real crystal. May be made out of the some of the same ingredients but lacks 'legs' of any good sort. I might be getting old but this stuff seems like a totally different type of go-fast. May be good for a one day run, but not a week worth or even 3 days. Seems to be more of a want-a-be speed. If it ain't p2p it aint real speed

  • Pete

    Crack cocaine, crap, why anyone wants to adulterate a fine item like snow is beyond me, (greed I guess) I have never gotten off on crack, doesn't do a thing for me, give me the locomotive of real snow anytime

  • somemethinfo

    well i hope after a year you get a chance to look back on this to see my reply ., not all addicts are homeless nor violent they are jus like average everyday workin ppl, one day someone you know and love may surprise you they did me and i still know and love that person . meth is not what books and specialist have made us all think it is bad it can kill and it has destroyed ., but in reality it is really jus another addicts choice of high just as beer is to an alcoholic and casinos are to gamblers .. WAKE UP PPL.. this world is not perfect and no one can say who or what any ADDICT is or will do ., as individuals we all need to decide what is important and what is not meth is just one drug that is killing and destroying ., how many lives are bein destroyed by our govt. after all if you do your research you will see itwas they whofirst gave meth to our soldiers to help in the battles of war…. hmmmmm, somethin to at least think about huh

  • Fpascual808

    sad this problem… and the thing is programs out there are not only fake but if the person like stop and change no program is needed. we all partied as young but only the idiots and weak minded refuse to grow out of it.

    this thing with how the meth takes over is so true i seen it in my X-wife. it screws the head and she became all the things she claimed she would never become as a norman as addicts reffer to good and stable people not on it!

    i hope soon the people of Hawaii get tired of being sold the shit that recovery needs to be funded by our tax money. personally i am a business owner and pay major taxes that i feel it is a waste to feed or help homeless that just like do ice. yes! i said it and most people think that but not willing to say it out loud. addicts are the smartest people to play the system that hard working people pay into with tax dollar. WAKE UP PEOPLE AND FOR THE ADDICTS WE SHOULD DO LIKE OTHER STATES. ONE WAY TICKET TO ANOTHER OR SEND THEM TO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY TO SURVIVE AND LEARN.

  • Fpascual808

    you are so right! tax money build places but the rules too much to handle for addicts

  • Rockets1

    Lets take care of our home first. Education helps prevention. Hawaii is not the only problem hit state. Lets help each other and educate the children.

  • Mrsmith2333

    true words of an addict tweaker go get spun dope head weed is better for ya

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z4SJ46YYXYWUOIAPIDCXULMAQA R Pina

    Coo Rice Not Ice   

  • Lerechaun

    In almost all of your posts you use the words effect and affect incorrectly. It’s annoying, learn English, it is not that difficult.

  • Dogs my Friend,

    So Hawaii is an island.. Surrounded by water. Very few ways of bringing drugs in.. only boats or plane. The US should concentrate on the method problem there until the drug no longer exist there…not one grain of salt worth. Seems easy enough. If they can’t solve that problem the rest of the US is screwed. Meth is not a drug …it more like poison of the worse kind because it
    Kills your soul while you are still alive..