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queries and the LONG datatype

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Last Modified: 2013-12-19
As I understand it, the only way to convert a long data type to VarChar2 is within PL/SQL.  But then how can I create a query that looks inside that field for specific values?

In short we have a table that holds some audit information about various emails that went out.  The field that holds the list of email addresses is a LONG datatype.  

Now I want to:
   Select * from MY_EMAIL_AUDIT_TBL where Emails_Sent like '%TAD@email.com%'

But I can't do that because Emails_Sent is of type long and I get a data conversion error.
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