Independent gambling harm minimization consultancy EPIC Risk Management has confirmed this week that it has become a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

In a statement, the firm also announced that both organizations will collaborate on initiatives of advocacy, training and education while sharing expertise and experience from across the globe.

EPIC said it intends to share learning and insights of working with over 125,000 individuals and organizations over the last six years across some of the highest risk, hardest to reach sectors including professional sports, the gambling industry, financial services, the education sector and the armed forces. 

“We are so pleased to welcome EPIC as a member of NCPG,” said the Council’s Executive Director Keith Whyte. “They provide best-in-class programs and training in the UK and across Europe and we are eager to learn from their experience and share our insights into the unique US gambling market and healthcare system.”

EPIC CEO Paul Buck commented: “Gambling is growing fast in the US across a number of states. For the majority, gambling will remain an enjoyable form of entertainment; but for a small but significant percentage, it will lead to problems that can be catastrophic for the individual, their families and for organizations. 

“I am delighted to announce our collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling that will ensure that less people reach the edge of the cliff with gambling problems and, those that do, have a  fit for purpose and coordinated pathway of support.”

Last month it was announced that EPIC is collaborating with GVC Holdings, one of the world’s largest sports-betting and gaming groups and a fellow member of the NCPG, to reduce gambling related harm throughout the US.