Figures at the front line of the opioid fight

From left, Edward Reynolds, Bud Luth, Kekoa Kealoha and Teri Hollowell speak amongst each other at the Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation office in Kailua-Kona. (Cameron Miculka/West Hawaii Today)
A vial of naloxone sits next to educational material about how to respond to an overdose. (Cameron Miculka/West Hawaii Today)
Hawaii Fire Department EMS Capt. Chris Honda holds reversal medication for a person suffering an overdose of narcotics Thursday at Central Fire Station in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.(Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Editor’s note: This is the third of a five-part series by West Hawaii Today focusing on opioid addiction on Hawaii Island. Itbegins with how a heroin overdose played a vital role in the shuttering of a well-known Kailua-Kona homeless camp andfinishes on what more needs to be done to fight painkiller abuse. Eye-opening stats will be presented along the way: HawaiiCounty’s prescription rate doubles every other county in the state, while a vast majority of overdose calls are in homes andcondos, not in homeless sites.