Ohio launching campaign to combat problem gambling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio is launching a campaign targeting gambling addicts and people at risk of becoming addicted.

The Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio Casino Control Commission, Drug Free Action Alliance, the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohioans with stories of gambling addiction will appear at a Statehouse news conference Tuesday morning, The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1hwcv3Q) reported.

The state is focusing on addiction as Ohio gets more gambling options, including casinos, racinos, the lottery, electronic gaming, bingo and skill game parlors.

A 2012 survey showed an estimated 3.6 percent of Ohioans were found to have a gambling-addiction problem and about 250,000 people were at risk of developing a gambling addiction in the state.

The “Be the 95 percent” campaign includes a website that features a quiz allowing people to see if they have a compulsive gambling problem.

The website also has facts about gambling addiction, including that 80 percent of problem gamblers think about killing themselves and 20 percent actually attempt suicide.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch

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