Presentation to show danger of drug use

Imagine yourself sitting in your living room watching your favorite sitcom. You hear a noise at your back door. Seconds go by then BOOM! You’re dead. The intruder, high on crystal meth, was looking to rob you to buy more drugs. Unfortunately, you happened to be at home.

The scenario sounds like something you’d only seen on television, but Gary Shimabukuro, the president and owner of Laulima Hawai‘i, will show you just the opposite n situations like what was just described can and do happen in real life.

Shimabukuro will be at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, for a free presentation to depict the harsh reality of crystal meth. Keith Kamita, of the Department of Public Safety, will also be on hand with a display of various drugs to show the public exactly what they are dealing with.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to come to this event, a ‘no holds barred’ presentation. Attendees will see vivid photos, hear graphic commentary and witness detailed videos that leave nothing to the imagination. Shimabukuro will tell it like it is n giving the audience the truth about the drug epidemic.

Some material may not be appropriate for small children, warns Roy Nishida, the County of Kaua‘i anti-drug coordinator. But he also emphasized the importance of the community hearing Shimabukuro’s message.

“We cannot make the claim that drugs only affects those using them,” Nishida said. “Whether you are a drug user, family member or friend of a drug user, or someone who has never used drugs in your life, you are affected by this epidemic.”

He commented “Gary’s presentation is sure to entertain, shock and move you to tears.”

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