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Recovering addict shares grim story

April 6, 2013
The Maui News
Recovering Maui methamphetamine addict Christine Sa‘u shares her story with Maui Waena Intermediate School 8th-graders on Thursday afternoon during a Meth Awareness Day assembly in the school cafeteria. Sometimes fighting back tears, Sa‘u described the hold meth had on her life and how she sacrificed her relationship with family as well as her health to the drug. In 2002, Sa‘u was arrested for being part of the island’s largest meth smuggling ring. Her role included using her job at a Kahului store to bring in basketballs full of the drug from Oahu. She told the students if not for the bust, “I’d probably be dead. I figured I’ve done jail. I’ve done institutions. What’s next, death? I didn’t want to die. I want to see my grandkids. I want to see my kids. I know what it’s like to be a mom in jail, and I know what it’s like to be a mom with a child in jail.” She also said that she stopped using crystal meth because of her bosses, her children and “the positive people around me.” The assembly taught students about the tragically harmful effects of the drug, as well as what to do if they or people they know are using it.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
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