March 3-9th is National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
Did you know that March 3-9th is National Problem Gambling Awareness Week? Every year, the National Council on Problem Gambling determines its focus for the campaign and offers education to support that focus. The theme for 2013 is “Problem Gambling: A New Understanding of a Community Concern.”
NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. Research finds that 2%-3% of the US population will have a gambling problem in any given year. And only a small percentage of those with a gambling problem will seek help.
The goal of this campaign is to educate the general public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help that is available both nationally and locally. To those readers from NJ, locally we’ve had some gambling changes of our own recently.
Just last week, New Jersey became the third state in the nation to legalize gambling over the Internet. The lawmakers’ votes and Christie’s signature marked the largest expansion of legalized gambling in New Jersey since the first casino began operating in Atlantic City in 1978. While this revenue-enhancing law will help the state, it will hurt those suffering from a gambling addiction illness.
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