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March is Named National Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

March is Named National Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

Last year, Pennsylvania expanded gambling allowing games of chance in taverns. In a bid to deal with the problems and challenges that gambling brings, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board passed a resolution to recognize the month of March as ‘Problem Gambling Awareness Month’.

The Board has encouraged all citizens to educate themselves regarding problem gambling as well as the treatment of this disorder. Working together with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol, the Gaming Control Board will be setting up a booth on the 19th and 20th of March in Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg.

Two conferences will also be led by the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania on the 11th and the 14th of March which have been sponsored by the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Pennsylvania Lottery and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Educational information can also be found on the Gaming Control Board website which includes topics such as problem gambling in the work place, teens and gambling, signs and symptoms of problem gambling and more.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board also offers a voluntary Self-Exclusion Program which allows anyone to request voluntary exclusion from any gambling establishments within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for one to five years.

To date, over 6,500 requests have been made for voluntary exclusion which means that licensed Pennsylvania gaming facilities must refuse any wagers from these persons and must notify the Pennsylvania State Police if this ban is violated.

OCA News Editor