Artwork created by students from across the State of Hawaii grace the walls of the State Capitolâ€™s Chamber level main entrance in support of the Hawaii Meth Projectâ€™s core message â€œNot Even Once.â€
More than 20 middle and high school students put their paintbrushes, colored markers, pencils, and creativity to work to show their concern for the danger and devastation caused by crystal methamphetamine, more commonly known as â€œIce.â€
The display includes a particularly unique contribution by Punahou high school senior Chloeâ€™ Selarque featuring a chilling rendition of â€œMeth mouth,â€ advanced tooth decay common among frequent Meth users.
The painting on canvas shows, in grim detail, an artistic interpretation of the receding gum line, cracks in the enamel, and tooth decay that characterize the condition.
â€œThe level of commitment and creativity demonstrated by these students is inspiring,â€ said Cindy Adams, director of Hawaii Meth Project. â€œDisplaying their artwork in the Capitol gives them a voice, demonstrates to policy makers that Hawaiiâ€™s youth care about the destructive nature of Meth use to their peers, families, and communities and want to do something about it.â€
â€œTo have Hawaiiâ€™s youth express their disapproval of this dangerous drug through artistic expression is extremely powerful,â€ said Representative Blake Oshiro (D, Aiea-Halawa). â€œDisplaying their posters at the State Capitol helps to increase awareness among the policymakers. All of us must work together â€“ students, parents, legislature, treatment providers, and law enforcement â€“ if we are to rein in the high cost of Meth use to Hawaii taxpayers, estimated at $500 million each year.â€
The display will be available for viewing at the State Capitol until March 1.
The Hawaii Meth Project is a non-profit organization that implements a range of advertising and community action programs to reduce methamphetamine use in the state. Launched in June 2009, the Hawaii Meth Project leverages a proven model that combines extensive research with a hard-hitting, integrated media campaign.
The Hawaii Meth Project is affiliated with the Meth Project, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Palo Alto, California, aimed at significantly reducing first-time Meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.