(KHNL) It's a drug that has affected many people in Hawaii. In 2003, the lieutenant governor organized a drug summit to tackle the ice epidemic.
Three years later,what kind of progress has the state made in the war on ice?
You'll find it in every community in Hawaii. The Aloha State is known for having the worst ice problem in the country.
But Lieutenant Governor James "Duke" Aiona says:
"I say as far as success in my terms, we've had success."
He feels the state is winning some of its battles on the war against crystal meth.
"We've put together more workforce development programs, more afterschool activity programs and what we call life skills programs in middle schools."
He says police have made more arrests in connection with meth. And lawmakers have also increased federal funding available for prevention programs.
Andy Anderson agrees about the progress. He's been with the Hina Mauka Recovery Center for a decade and has seen the changes firsthand.
"There needs to be more of a balance between treatment, prevention, law enforcement and communities."
He says there's a long list of things Hawaii needs to curb drug use.
"Because all the outcome and data that we're familiar with show that more gender-based treatment opportunities there are for women, the higher the outcomes" says Anderson.
Lieutenant Governor Aiona says he now has a new target: curbing underage drinking. He says his goals aren't changing, he just believes alcohol is the gateway drug for ice and other drugs.
"We have essentially accomplished what we wanted to do, which was cut the supply and cut the demand and we're doing it at this point in time.