Hawaii is known for its colorful and quirky history.
But the city has also been grappling with the opioid epidemic that has affected so many of its residents.
Now, a new study says it could have contributed to Hawaii’s opioid epidemic by giving birth to fake babies.
The article says that when Hawaii residents gave birth to babies with the wrong birth certificates, some had serious health problems and died.
In Hawaii, there are some 9.5 million births annually, according to the Department of Health and Social Services.
Some of those babies are considered to be “fake,” but they aren’t considered a true birth, so there’s no federal law requiring doctors to report fake births.
“Hawaii is a state that has a lot of problems and is struggling with it,” said Dr. Daniel Purdy, chief medical officer of the Hawaii Medical Association.
“It has a high birth rate, and the population has grown in the last several years.”
But he said the state needs to start thinking about how to deal with fake babies before it becomes a major problem.
“There’s a lot more work to be done,” Purdy said.
“I think we have to figure out how to address it and get it under control.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 1,000 confirmed opioid overdoses in Hawaii in 2014, more than any other state.
Some 3,000 babies were born in the state last year, according the state’s Department of Medicine.
That’s a problem because of a number of factors, including the state having the highest number of births per capita in the nation, as well as the fact that birth certificates are not required for all births.
That makes it hard to trace a baby’s origin.
But Dr. Jeffery Kavulich, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Hawaii Medical Center, said the problem is not just that babies are born with birth certificates.
“We have a very high rate of opioid abuse, and many people have been struggling with addiction, so that can also contribute to this problem,” Kavulsch said.
One in three adults in Hawaii have an opioid addiction, and about one-third of those people are using prescription drugs, according a 2015 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
So, Purdy and Kavulasich said the real solution is not to have babies with birth documents.
“The key is that if you have a child that’s been born with a birth certificate, and then you have that child, that’s not a good outcome,” Kovulsch explained.
“So we need to make sure that we don’t give birth to those kinds of babies.”
A doctor in Hawaii was willing to share her experience with the Honolulu Advertiser, but the story has since been removed.
We asked Kavulaich about her experience, but she said she was unable to speak publicly about the issue due to privacy concerns.
We reached out to the State Department of Vital Statistics and received the following statement from the department: “In accordance with state law, the Department does not publicly release statistics relating to the use of birth certificates for newborns.”
In response to this story, Dr. John E. Schulze, the director of the Department for Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Department’s Center for Behavioral Health and Mental Hygiene, told Healthline, “We do not release such data to the public.
We don’t publish it.
And, in this case, we didn’t make it public because of the sensitive nature of the information.”
The Department of State Health Services is also aware of the issue.
Dr. Scott T. O’Connell, a spokeswoman for the agency, told the Hawaii Times that the agency was investigating.
Overnight, the agency posted a notice on its website explaining that it is working to identify and address the problem.
We also reached out for comment from the Department.
We will update this story if we hear back.
If you have been a victim of a fake birth, contact the Office of the Special Agent in Charge at (808) 763-7585.