School Drug Programs; Appro.

Appropriates funds for FY 2000-2001 to DOE to fund existing and
create new drug abuse prevention and treatment programs in all
public high schools in Hawaii.  (HB2050 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that a survey taken of
 2 high school leaders in August 1999, by the Hawaii state student
 3 council and the state student conference planning committee shows
 4 that one hundred twelve out of one hundred sixty-six students, or
 5 sixty-seven per cent, are aware of an illegal drug problem at
 6 their school, and one hundred forty-seven out of one hundred
 7 sixty-six students, or eighty-nine per cent, are aware of a
 8 smoking problem.  The use of alcohol and other drugs can affect
 9 judgment and lead to sexual risks:  eighteen thousand five
10 hundred forty cases of AIDS in the nation were reported to the
11 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among twelve to
12 twenty-four year olds by the end of 1994.  Deaths related to
13 excessive drinking exceeded ninety-seven thousand in 1998 in the
14 United States.  Of the five thousand nine hundred five traffic
15 fatalities involving fifteen to twenty year olds in 1993, forty
16 per cent were alcohol-related.  Marijuana use among twelve to
17 seventeen year olds rose one hundred forty-one per cent and
18 cocaine use rose one hundred sixty-six per cent in the three
19 years prior to 1996.  Furthermore, according to surveys conducted
20 among high school seniors nationwide:

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 1      (1)  Ninety-three per cent have used alcohol;
 2      (2)  Twenty-seven per cent have used stimulants;
 3      (3)  Sixteen per cent have used cocaine;
 4      (4)  Fifteen per cent have used hallucinogens, including LSD
 5           and PCP;
 6      (5)  Fourteen per cent have used sedatives or barbiturates;
 7      (6)  Fourteen per cent have used inhalants;
 8      (7)  Thirteen per cent have used tranquilizers;
 9      (8)  Ten per cent have used opiates other than heroin;
10      (9)  Nine per cent have used LSD; and
11     (10)  Eight per cent have used amyl and butyl nitrates.
12 The 1998 Hawaii student alcohol and drug use survey of public and
13 private school students in grades six to twelve indicated that
14 sixteen thousand seven hundred students report a need for drug
15 treatment.
16      The purpose of this Act is to fund various drug abuse
17 prevention and treatment programs in all public high schools in
18 the State.
19      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
20 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1 or so much thereof
21 as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000 to 2001 to fund existing
22 drug abuse prevention and treatment programs in all public high
23 schools in the State and to create new and effective programs in
24 schools that do not currently house such programs.

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 1      The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of
 2 education for the purposes of this Act.
 3      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.