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Published November 29, 2012, 04:52 PM

Local leaders learn the cost of addiction

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A dose of reality this morning for Fargo-Moorhead community and business leaders. They learned, first-hand, the cost of addiction.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A dose of reality this morning for Fargo-Moorhead community and business leaders. They learned, first-hand, the cost of addiction.

An attorney, judge and doctor led a panel discussion on addiction. Each talked about recovery from the business, medical and legal perspectives.

Fifty-four million people are binge drinkers, while 16 million are heavy drinkers. Addiction costs American businesses $170 billion a year. The toll on families can't be calculated.

Bill Lopez - Sharehouse Inc. says, "There is opportunity, there is hope, there is possibility to become involved in treatment and to change their lives to be more productive."

ShareHouse offers free walk-in evaluations at both the Fargo and Moorhead locations. Just call the numbers on your screen. You can also get more information at sharehouse.org.

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