Freedom of Choice –
May 29, 2018 – When the Maui/Molokai Drug Court was in its infancy, the program participants organized a holiday party for their families. As I walked in and saw over 200 children, I was overwhelmed. It became crystal clear that the help our community provides participants through Drug Court has a direct impact on the lives of their children — Hawaii’s next generation … Addiction adversely affects the life and health of drug users, and brings physical and emotional suffering to families, especially children. Family, friends and neighbors become victims of addiction-related burglaries, thefts, criminal property damage, domestic violence, automobile fatalities and worse. Addiction also affects employers and the business community, and places additional strains on our already overburdened public safety and health care systems.