March is set to be recognized as the Problem Gambling Awareness Month by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) as the organization looks to promote resources intended to help individuals experiencing problems with gambling.
In addition, the PGCB is also raising awareness of problem and compulsive gambling through the launch of a website providing information on how to recognize the warning signs of a gambling problem and how to find treatment options that are available in Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Lanza, Director of the PGCB’s Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling, stated: “Gambling addiction is real, is preventable and is treatable, and the PGCB and its partners want all PA citizens who face the perils of problem gambling to know that treatment is available and effective.
“This includes the launch of a new website with easy-to-find information on detecting a gambling problem along with various avenues available for help.”
The new website address is www.ResponsiblePlay.pa.gov and can also be accessed via a link on the homepage of the PGCB’s website. Moreover, for additional information on problem gambling treatment and other resources individuals can also call 1-800-GAMBLER.
Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin F O’Toole has also discussed how the agency has a role to play in protecting the interests of the public which includes efforts to educate individuals on the help available before the problem develops.
He said: “Our agency has made outreach for individuals with gambling disorders a priority since the opening of the first casinos in Pennsylvania over 13 years ago.
“As new forms of gaming were rolled out over the past year, the PGCB made sure that new tools and resources, including online self-imposed limits and responsible gambling pages are available through each igaming site to assist individuals in gambling responsibly.”
During Problem Gambling Awareness Month, staff with the PGCB’s Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling, as well as their partners, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Lottery and the Council on Compulsive and Problem Gambling, will be available at the following events:
- 3 March at the Problem Gambling Awareness Month Kickoff Event in the 1st floor atrium of Strawberry Square from 11:00am to 1:00 pm.
- 4 March in the 1st floor atrium of Strawberry Square from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm;
- 5 March at The Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA’s East Conference in Trevose;
- 11, 18 and 25 March in the Capitol Building mini-rotunda in Harrisburg from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm;
- 12 March at The Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA’s West Conference in Pittsburgh.