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McCrory plans to address substance abuse among college students

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Health directors from around North Carolina  gathered in North Raleigh Thursday for the annual state health directors conference.

"We understand the demands and crisis you are under every day - thank you," Gov. Pat McCrory told the crowd.

McCrory said one new initiative he wants to unveil is one to address binge drinking and addiction in colleges.

He said he feels strongly about addiction and that it is destroying society, families and individuals.

He plans to continue working with health care professionals and roll out a college wellness program in the near future that would educate students on long term affects of potential abuse of alcohol and drugs.

McCrory did not give specifics but the North Carolina General Assembly is not scheduled to return until May.

McCrory did say that the state's next next director of the Division of Public Health will be Rear Adm. Penelope Slade-Sawyer. Slade-Sawyer will start March 3.

Slade-Sawyer has previously been in charge of the disease prevention and health promotion office with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Laura Gerald resigned from the post in July.

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