HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 6National Focus on Problem Gambling Awareness

March 3-9, 2013 marks National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, a week designated as a time for public education and awareness regarding problem gambling issues. The week has been marked by an official Proclamation by Governor Rick Snyder, which notes that “during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services to encourage Michiganders to participate in this awareness week by sharing treatment information about this issue and supporting those who are in treatment and recovery.”

The campaign is presented by the National Council on Problem Gambling (“NCPG”) and includes efforts from several grassroots organizations. In addition, on March 1, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a Proclamation marking the month of March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in New Jersey.

According to the NCPG, it is estimated that 2-3% of the United States population will have a gambling problem in any given year. The organization has suggested that healthcare providers, gaming industry representatives, and public organizations promote awareness of the issue through educational campaigns. This year’s event, titled “Problem Gambling – A New Understanding of a Community Concern,” marks the eleventh annual campaign on the issue.

In addition to Michigan, the week has been marked by events across the country, including efforts in California, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and other states. More information on the campaign can be obtained by visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling’s website at: http://www.ncpgambling.org.


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