Agency to Examine Extent of Problem Gambling in County

From Potter County Today

gamblingPotter County Drug and Alcohol Program has received funding to conduct a problem gambling needs assessment. A team is being assembled to evaluate survey results, local trends and anecdotal data. The result will be a report on the extent of the problem, community perceptions, resources (both available and needed), and the feasibility of addressing the problem. Community leaders are being sought to serve as team members and share their perspectives or expertise. Input from youths, parents, educators, human service workers, law enforcement, civic volunteers, elected officials, business owners and clergy are especially welcome. More information is available from Colleen K. Wilber, Drug and Alcohol Program administrator, at 814-544-7315

Problem gambling is described as gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as “pathological” or “compulsive” gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting serious, negative consequences.

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  1. Oh Boy! says:

    I know a few to many!!

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