Thursday, March 4, 2010

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week 03/07 - 03/13/10

Sunday will launch the National Problem Gambling Awareness Week which will run from 03/07/10 to 03/13/10.

A press release issues on 03/03/10 states in part:

NEW YORK COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING ANNOUNCES PROBLEM GAMBLING AWARENESS WEEK, MARCH 7-13, AND URGES NYS GAMBLING INDUSTRY TO LAUNCH A GAMBLING ADVERTISEMENT-FREE WEEK

As part of National Problem Gambling Awareness Week (NPGAW), the New York Council on Problem Gambling asks that all New York state gambling industries consider participating this year and launch a gambling advertisement-free week during the week of March 7 through March 13. Furthermore, the New York Council on Problem Gambling recommends that the unused advertising funds be allocate for a problem gambling awareness campaign instead.

“Many New Yorkers recognize the gambling advertising jingles and know where they can go to gamble,” said New York Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director James Maney. “But very few know the warning signs of problem gambling or where to find help when they need it.”


After the mismanagement at the Batavia Downs and Casino by the Western Region Offtrack Betting Corporation it might be a good thing if they stopped advertising for awhile and donated the savings to the New York Council of Problem Gambling.

Based on the 2006 OASAS Household Survey it is estmated that 5% of adults experienced a gambling problem in the last year and my be in need of treatment. About 10% of students in grades 6-12 experienced a gambling problem in the past year.

GCASA offers Gambling Prevention and Treatment Services in both Genesee and Orleans Counties. In Genesee County, call Jamie Beedham at 585-815-1879, and in Orleans County call Pat Crowley at 585-589-0055.

Most New Yorkers who gamble do so responsibly, but over a million New Yorkers suffer from gambling problems and their problem affects several million more.

While most New Yorkers can identify the jingles and slogans of the Lottery commission encouraging them to gamble and they know where to access gambling activities and games, very few know the warning signs of problem gambling or where to turn for help.

Please join the celebration of National Problem Gambling Awareness Week from the 7th - 13th.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Swan said...

It's great initiative to undertake Gambling awareness program..because gambling is a curse for some people.and on the other, some people also makes money from the gambling..
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