March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP)–March is Problem Gambling awareness month.  In honor of that, several community addiction organizations will lead a discussion Friday morning on the dangers of gambling addiction.

Members of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling and Partners for a Healthier Community will speak at Springfield College’s Brennan Center about the impact of problem gambling.

The Gandara Center is hosting the event.  They report that nearly 70 percent of young Americans, between the ages 14 and 21, have gambled once in the last year, and that communities with higher rates of unemployment and limited social and institutional support networks tend to have higher rates gambling addiction.

The Gandara also reports that the Springfield region currently has the 8th highest concentration of social work professionals in the nation.

In a news release sent to 22News, the leaders of panel said they don’t know for sure how a casino would impact the Springfield area and that the discussion is intended to address a problem they believe already exists.

They are also scheduled to talk about the signs of gambling addiction they say they are often overlooked and can be difficult to identify.

The event details are as follows:

Where:  Springfield College’s Brennan Center, 24 Island Pond Road, Springfield, Ma.

When: March 28th, 2014 from 10:15AM- Noon

Admission is free and open to the public.

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