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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE MEDIA ADVISORY: News Conference – Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative Kick-Off

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases


Drug overdose is the leading mechanism of injury-related deaths for Hawaiʻi residents, and currently accounts for 23 percent of all fatal injuries, surpassing motor vehicle-related deaths. State agencies are collaborating to address this issue. This effort is being led by the Hawaiʻi Department of Heath’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Division and the Emergency Medical Services Injury Prevention System Branch. Other agency partners include the Attorney General’s office, the Department of Human Services Med-QUEST Division, and the Department of Public Safety.


  • Dr. Virginia Pressler, Director, Hawaiʻi Department of Health
  • Douglas Chin, Attorney General, State of Hawaiʻi
  • Judy Mohr Peterson, Administrator, Med-QUEST Division, Department of Human Services
  • Legislators participating in the Executive Steering Committee
  • Department of Health subject matter experts

WHEN:          Wednesday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. (This will coincide with a break before start of a strategic planning session begins)

WHERE:         Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Bldg. 5, Suite 200



Media Contacts:

Hawaii Department of Health

Janice Okubo

Communications Office

Phone: (808) 586-4445


Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

[email protected]