Problem Gambling Awareness Month Wraps Up

By Kiera Morgan

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners made the proclamation for the county last week. For some, gambling is a form of recreation that does not negatively impact their life. For others, these behaviors become addicting and take control over their life -this is problem gambling. Representatives from Lincoln County Health and Human Services spoke to the Commissioners stating that on average 80,000 Oregonians is experiencing problem gambling.

This year’s theme is “Have the Conversation.” This simple phrase aims to increase general knowledge of problem gambling as well as the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services. David Corse with Lincoln County behavior health explained that people don’t need to pay for the counseling as they already have. He added that 1% of lottery dollars that come into the state is given back for gambling treatment programs.

Additionally Problem Gambling Awareness Month also encourages healthcare providers to start conversations and screen clients for problem gambling. Gambling according to the experts can occur in many forms. Betting on sports, Traditional casino games, Online or mobile phone poker or slot games, Fantasy sports, playing KENO and slot machines in bars and restaurants. Those wanting help or more information can go online to http://www.opgr.org/