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Press space bar or click mouse once to begin. Substance abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions in our community.

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Substance abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions in our community

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Approximately 21,000 people in Durham County are addicted to alcohol or drugs

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That’s

twenty-one

thousand

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How many people are in your workplace, your church, your extended family?

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On average, 1 in 10 of them has a substance abuse problem

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Forget the stereotypes

Look in the mirror

They are people just like you and me

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Substance abuse costs Durham County over a quarter billion dollars a year

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Lost productivity

Increased crime, court and prison costs

Increased strain on healthcare facilities

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Not to mention ruined lives and broken families

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Addiction to alcohol or drugs is not a moral failing

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It is not the result of a person’s lack of will power to quit

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Addiction to alcohol or drugs is a chronic disease like diabetes, hypertension or asthma

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People choose to start drinking alcohol or taking drugs, but no one chooses to become addicted

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Treatment works

Recovery from addiction is possible

Lives and families can be restored

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For every $1 spent on substance abuse treatment, $7-$12 is saved in costs associated with substance abuse

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Maybe you run a business or want a safer, healthier community

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Learn the facts

Understand that addiction is a disease

Be part of a community-wide effort to address this problem

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If you or someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, reach out for help today!

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Call Durham Center Access24 hours a day, 365 days a year

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Call Durham Center Access560-7100 or 800-510-9132

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