Problem Gambling Awareness Month Returns to Educate Players & Operators
February 25, 2021
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) is again partnering with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to provide educational resources and training to members, retailers, operators, and players in recognition of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM).
For 2021, PGAM's theme is "Awareness + Action".
The goals of the national campaign are to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services, and to encourage healthcare providers to screen clients for problem gambling.encouraging action and having conversations about problem gambling issues as well as directing people to the help they may need.
Using the tagline #AwarenessPlusAction, the national campaign, now in its 18th year, aims to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery tools and services.
A toolkit guide, graphics downloads, and additional resources are available to PGAM participants on the NCPG website.
According to NCPG, research indicates that most adults who choose to gamble can do so responsibly. Approximately 85 per cent of U.S. adults have gambled at least once in their lives, and 60 per cent have done so in the past year. Of those U.S. adults, about 1 per cent meet the diagnostic criteria for problem gambling.
Aside form PGAM, NASPL and NCPG work together to improve responsible gambling education and practices within the lottery industry year-round.
NASPL Executive Director David Gale said: “We at NASPL value our longstanding relationship with NCPG. Through our combined responsible gambling efforts, we’ve continued to see ongoing improvements and increased participation across the industry.”
Beginning in 2014, in collaboration with NCPG and the North Carolina Education Lottery, NASPL worked to create comprehensive responsible gambling (RG) training materials for lottery employees and retailers, with the group effort resulting in the release of specialised training videos to be shared among the membership.
Since then, NASPL has continued to grow and evolve its RG efforts and related training components to better serve the evolving industry.
NASPL and the NCPG have also worked together to establish a verification program for lotteries seeking to create or improve responsible gambling programs within their jurisdictions.
The NCPG also operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network, which provides resources and referrals to Canada, all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.