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PREVIEW: Breaking the stigma of addiction

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MOST IMAGES ASSOCIATED WITH ADDICTION ARE OFTEN NEGATIVE, BUT ONE LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER IS LOOKING TO CHANGE HOW WE SEE IT KELOLAND'S MAX HOFER BRINGS US THE STORY

GOOD MORNING, MAX ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL SURVEY ON DRUG USE AND HEALTH CONDUCTED IN 2017, APPROXIMATELY 20 MILLION AMERICAN ADULTS, AGES 12 AND OLDER, BATTLED A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TO PAINT A PICTURE OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, ANTI-DRUG ADVERTISERS OFTEN USE THESE KINDS OF IMAGES TO MAKE THEIR POINT: THEY FEATURE THE USE OF DRUGS, NEEDLES, SHOW SIDE EFFECTS AND THE BODILY HARM THAT CAN RESULT FROM WALKING THE PATH OF ADDICTION SOME COULD SAY THEY'RE USED TO INSPIRE FEAR AND SADNESS, BUT LET ME SHOW YOU SOME IMAGES YOU DON'T OFTEN SEE NOW, THESE REPRESENT ANOTHER SIDE OF ADDICTION TOO, THESE PEOPLE HAVE WALKED THAT PATH AND COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE

OFTEN, WE HEAR ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS USING, DEALING, OR BEING ARRESTED OR CHARGED FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE, BUT HOW OFTEN DO WE HEAR ABOUT THEIR ROAD TO RECOVERY? THAT'S ONE QUESTION THAT A SIOUX FALLS PHOTOGRAPHER HOPES TO ANSWER FOR THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS, DEZ MURRAY HAS BEEN TAKING PICTURES OF THOSE WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM ADDICTION SHE WANTS TO BREAK THE STIGMA ON THE TOPIC AND SHOW THAT THERE'S ALWAYS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL IN TONIGHT'S EYE ON KELOLAND AT TEN, YOU'LL HEAR FROM MURRAY AND OMAR CHARO, WHO IS A RECOVERING ADDICT, ABOUT HOW THIS SERIES IS LOOKING TO HELP AND INSPIRE ANYONE IMPACTED BY ADDICTION STILL TO COME ON KELOLAND THIS MORNING

SCOT MUNDT WILL

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