Pubdate: Wed, 24 Sep 2003
Source: Maui News, The (HI)
Contact:  2003 The Maui News
Author: Christina Fisher
Bookmark: (Treatment)
Bookmark: (Methamphetamine)
Note: To read about the "ice epidemic" in Hawaii, go to


Dina Wilson's Sept. 20 letter expressing her frustration with the saturation of
negative stories about the "ice" epidemic in Hawaii shines a spotlight on the
stigma still associated with drug addiction. 

Ms. Wilson's comment about a landlord evicting a recovering tenant with a solid
12-year rental history emphasizes the importance of raising the consciousness
surrounding these issues in our local communities.

The statewide newspaper blitz on ice addiction offers a very detailed picture
of the devastation associated with this disease. Some readers will form
opinions based on particular issues like criminality, the harmful effects on
the children, the environment, the cultural impact, or the cost factor. They
may feel compassion or anger, depending on their reality and how it impacts
their lives.

Dina Wilson is correct. Why not seize this momentum. Encourage others to share
their success stories. Next month a newsletter will be launched on the Web site with a special column dedicated to "The Voices of
Recovery," focusing on those who have journeyed from addiction to recovery. We
encourage you to visit the Web site for other resources and
solutions. If you are inspired to take immediate action, join dozens of Maui
individuals and participate in the synchronized statewide sign-waving event on
Sept. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului. For more ways to get
involved, e-mail Christina Fisher 

Chair, IceBreakers

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