TV special to view
isle ‘ice’ problem

Four local networks and PBS Hawaii
will air the half-hour show

Star-Bulletin staff

Hawaii's crystal methamphetamine or "ice" epidemic will be featured in a commercial-free, half-hour television special aired simultaneously in prime time on all four local network affiliates and PBS Hawaii in August.

Local filmmaker Edgy Lee and producer Jeffrey Mueller are conducting the film project, which Lee said will offer more than facts and statistics.

"We'll offer options and resources for the addict, the friend and family member and the responsible community member."

PBS Hawaii also will carry a 30-minute "Town Square" discussion. Hawaii leaders and substance abuse specialists will appear in the program.

The film will share stories of ice addicts, children of addicts and foster parents who care for newborns of women ice addicts.

The film will reveal how the ice epidemic affects the community and is linked to violent crimes, child, elder and spousal abuse, theft, rising insurance and medical costs and other problems.

The project is funded through corporate, community and individual contributions.

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona is organizing an outreach program to make the film available to schools, libraries, community groups and other organizations. The educational video will have a teachers' viewers' guide for classroom use.

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