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March is Declared "Problem Gambling Awareness Month"

March  4, 2014- Don Rooney
HARRISBURG- Senate Resolution 299 designates March 2014 as "Problem Gambling Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania, and marks the first national "Problem Gambling Awareness Month," an expansion of the National Council on Problem Gambling's previous week long campaign to a month-long campaign.

The purpose of this resolution is to help ensure that the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are informed about the issue of problem gambling and the programs available to help individuals and their families who have been adversely affected by this serious issue. While legalized gambling was designed to allow individuals to enjoy its recreational aspects and to foster economic development in this Commonwealth, Pennsylvanians must also be aware that a small percentage (2% to 3% according to the National Council on Problem Gambling) of the United States population will have a gambling problem in any given year. This awareness and knowledge will help ensure that problem gambling is adequately identified and addressed.

The resolution urges the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to continue its outreach efforts and to work with the Pennsylvania gaming industry as a whole to develop and implement problem gambling programs at licensed facilities and further promote community-based programs in the Commonwealth.

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