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Pennsylvania to Observe 'Problem Gambling Awareness Week'; Remind Residents of Available Counseling and Treatment Services
Date:3/5/2010

is important for them to be aware of the resources that can help them to overcome it."

The Department of Health has approved 57 problem gambling treatment providers across the state to provide counseling services to those in need. Assistance is also available by calling the department's 24-hour Gambling Addiction hotline at 1-877-565-2112. The free call is confidential and anonymous.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, or PGCB, oversees Pennsylvania's gaming industry which was designed to produce tremendous economic benefits for Pennsylvanians. However, for some, gambling can cause serious problems.

"Most adults who participate in legalized gaming in Pennsylvania do not have a problem. However, research shows that roughly one to three percent of Americans will develop a gambling problem sometime in life and, unfortunately, only 10 percent of those persons seek treatment," said Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Chairman Greg Fajt. "National Problem Gambling Awareness Week not only heightens awareness of the issue, but lets affected persons know of ways to identify a problem and treatment options." 


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