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Crystal Meth Is Still Hawaii's Drug Of Choice

A large amount of crystal meth that has a blue color like the TV show Breaking Bad. The crystals are spilled out across a tab
A large amount of crystal meth that has a blue color like the TV show Breaking Bad. The crystals are spilled out across a table. The image is vertical (stock image).

In 2004, Hawaii residents were introduced to Corey and Nickie, two dumpster-diving teens whose families were ravaged by crystal methamphetamine, drug abuse and poverty.

The two boys were featured in an hour-long documentary, Life or Meth: Hawaii’s Youth. It was simulcast on all major TV stations in the islands, as part of an unprecedented public awareness campaign to fight against a growing epidemic.

At the time, Hawaii ranked first in the country for crystal methamphetamine use, and there had been several high-profile cases playing out in the news that highlighted just how deeply the drug had burrowed into the community.

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