As part of a responsible gambling awareness month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has rolled out its plans, as the state’s land-based and online sports wagering and gaming industry continues to go from strength to strength.
With the month-long campaign launched yesterday, the agency has outlined the launch of a new problem gambling website, stressing that while it “recognises that most individuals can gamble in a safe, responsible manner, not all are able to control their gambling behaviour”.
As part of the PGCB’s efforts to raise awareness of problem and compulsive gambling, and to provide guidance to both clinicians and individuals, an updated website has launched providing information on how to identify the warning signs of a gambling issue and locate treatment options available in Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Lanza, director of the compulsive and problem gambling bureau at the PGCB, explained: “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.”
Accessible through www. ResponsiblePlay.pa.gov as well as through the webpage of the PGCB, a number of events are expected to be roll-out throughout the month, beginning with a kickoff event tomorrow with a problem gambling awareness month.
Working with a range of local organisations, including the Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, the Pennsylvania Lottery and the Council on Compulsive and Problem Gambling, for the period of March staff with the PGCB’s Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling.
Kevin O’Toole, PGCB executive director added: “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.”