March is Declared "Problem Gambling Awareness
March 4, 2014- Don Rooney
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.
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.
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.