Community Message: 6-24-22 Police Warn Public About the Dangers of Illicit Fentanyl

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From: Hawaii Police Department <>
Date: Fri, Jun 24, 2022 at 11:39 AM
Subject: Community Message: 6-24-22 Police Warn Public About the Dangers of Illicit Fentanyl

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Pictured: (1) Hawai‘i Police Department recently recovered fentanyl pills hidden in candy containers. (2): front and back of fentanyl laced oxycodone pill. Photo credit DEA. (3): Lethal dose amount of fentanyl on pencil tip. Photo credit DEA.

Community: 6-24-22 Police Warn Public About the Dangers of Illicit Fentanyl

  Hawai‘i Police Department
  Criminal Investigation Division – Area II
  Captain Thomas A. Shopay III
  Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext.263

Media Release

Hawai’i Island police are educating the public about the dangers of fentanyl after seeing an increase in the amount of fentanyl being recovered in conjunction with recent drug investigations. Hawai‘i Police Department is a member of a newly formed fentanyl task force and is providing information in collaboration with the County of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Island Community Health Center, and the Hawai‘i Health and Harm Reduction Center.

“We’re seeing more arrests and more fentanyl recovered,” said Captain Shopay, who oversees Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area II Criminal Investigation Division.

“Prior to 2020, annual statewide seizures of fentanyl were less than one pound, but from 2020 to 2021 Hawai‘i Island was responsible for roughly 30 pounds of the state’s overall 53 pounds of fentanyl seizures.

“The increase is troubling because very small amounts of the fentanyl, sometimes an amount equivalent to a few grains a salt, can be fatal.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can exist in various forms (e.g., powder, tablet, capsule, solution, or rocks). Although medically prescribed fentanyl has a legitimate purpose, illicit fentanyl, produced in unregulated and uncontrolled clandestine laboratories, can be deadly.

Illicit fentanyl production is not regulated and therefore there are no standards in production.  Because of this, concentration of the drug, even within the same lot can vary widely. This is of concern, since as little as two milligrams (about one grain of Hawaiian salt) of fentanyl can be fatal in a non-opioid-tolerant individual.

Drug traffickers will often try to disguise fentanyl as legitimate prescription pills in an attempt to reduce detection by law enforcement, but officers are also recovering fentanyl in powder form.

The powder form is more dangerous since it can easily aerosol if disturbed and when inhaled is rapidly absorbed into the body. Thus, personnel responding to a scene where powdered fentanyl is suspected may wear personal protective equipment while investigating the incident.

Be cautious of:

  • Unknown or unlabeled powders, solutions, or rocks.
  • Pills or capsules that may resemble actual medications, but their origin is not certain.
    • Did it come from a pharmacy?
    • Is it properly packaged/labeled?
    • Is there a medical prescription associated to it?
    • If the answer is no, do not touch.

What to do:
If you encounter prescription medication or drugs of unknown origin, don’t touch them. Try to determine the item’s identity by checking with people who could have placed it there. If unable to determine its origin and the drug-related item seems suspicious, notify police at (808) 935-3311.

Recognize fentanyl poisoning:
An individual experiencing fentanyl poisoning may exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Drowsiness or unresponsiveness
  • constricted or pinpoint pupils
  • slow or no breathing

If these signs are observed, contact emergency medical services at 911 and provide a description of the circumstances.

An option may be to administer Naloxone, if it is available and you have received training in its administration (Link below). Otherwise, follow directions from the dispatcher until emergency medical services arrive.

Below are additional resources available to help further your education on this topic:

Additional Resources:

Additionally, households with unused or expired prescription medication may dispose of them at drop boxes at Hawai‘i Police Department district stations, listed in the below link:

Register Today! Building Resilience and Lighting the Path Forward: A Caregiver Symposium

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The Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii invites you to join us for a special virtual caregiver symposium scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 from 10 am to 2pm (Hawaii Time). Participants will learn how to cultivate hope, honor your needs as a caregiver, and build resilience. We have a lineup of experts presenting on grief and coping, mental health and building the foundations of self care, caregiver financial health, stress management, and Native Hawaiian healing practices. We will conclude with a caregiver panel.
CG Symp 2022
To register, please CLICK HERE or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
We look forward to seeing you soon on Zoom and invite you to reach out if we can be of any assistance.
Mahalo nui loa,
Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii | 808.591.2771

Prediabetes Screen Test

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On average, 1 in 10 people have some form of diabetes as many of you know.   Many folks don’t even know they have it!

The CDC and ADA provides a Prediabetes Screen Test that an individual can take to see if they are at risk for prediabetes:

This can be helpful for people as it can allow them to take action to reverse prediabetes or delay Type 2 Diabetes.

(Also available here: Prediabetes-Risk-Test-Final )

Brain Boot Camp & Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body

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2022-ALZ_BrainBootCamp_HealthyLivingforBrainBodyHumana & Alzheimer’s Association Lunch and Learn :

Brain Boot Camp & Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body

When: Tue May 24, 2022 12pm – 1:30pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time

Meeting ID:    980 8660 5584
Passcode:      267876


833 548 0276    US Toll-free
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OR you can Join using Google Meet

Remembering Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Tam

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The Hawaii Journal of Health & Social Welfare (below) shares a fond memory of Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Tam, HSRHA former treasurer. Her work with the HSRHA was highlighted in the article.
Dr. Tam is a very dear friend and colleague, who was the only academic professor that promoted community participatory research (VOG project), hiring research assistants from within the community.  Her contributions are many and I would like to share with our community how much she means to us. 
auntie Jessie
See attached file for Additional Information


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From: Johnasen, Cyrus
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2022 2:50 PM


Mayor Mitch Roth announces the termination of Hawaiʻi County’s Thirteenth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, declaring an end to all County emergency rules related to COVID-19. As a result, effective immediately, there will no longer be a limit on gathering sizes (indoor and outdoor), which ultimately removes the County’s coveted mechanism for ‘special gatherings’ review and approval. However, residents must still adhere to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation Related to COVID-19 (Omicron Variant), which includes indoor mask-wearing, Safe Travels requirements, and testing/vaccination requirements for County and State employees. The Governor’s emergency order will remain in effect until March 25 unless otherwise acted upon. It is unclear if the Governor will extend his emergency rules beyond then.

Please see the attached release for more information. I’ve also attached a copy of the rescinded rule and termination of proclamation for your review.

Additionally, please see Mayor Roth’s recorded announcement here:

Cyrus Johnasen
Public Relations
County of Hawaiʻi
Office of the Mayor