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Opioids are ‘apex predator’ of social ills


    Opioids, highly addictive narcotics commonly used to treat pain, are prescribed to roughly 400,000 patients in Hawaii each year. It takes about three weeks for a patient to become dependent on the drug, which can stop a person’s breathing and heart, resulting in death when combined with alcohol and other depressants.

State officials are ramping up efforts to combat a growing dependency on pain medicines that affects about 150,000 Hawaii residents struggling with addiction. Read more

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