Hawaii Meth Project gets state funding

The Hawaii Meth Project will receive $400,000 in operating grant funds from the state, Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Tuesday.

Identified by the state Legislature, the funds will be used to educate Hawaii’s young people about the risks and dangers of methamphetamine through online and direct outreach in schools and community events.

Established in 2009, the Hawaii Meth Project is a 501(c)(3) organization modeled after the national Meth Project prototype implemented in Montana in 2005. The statewide prevention program’s goal is to reduce methamphetamine use among teens and young adults in Hawaii. The organization is affiliated with The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit working to help families solve the problem of teen substance abuse.