• Lonnie Granier

Louisiana highlights the hidden addiction of problem gambling

The signs of problem gambling may be right in front of you without you even realizing it — even in those closest to you. Problem gambling, an urge to continuously gamble despite harmful negative consequences or desire to stop, continues to plague Louisiana. As many as 280,000 Louisiana adults may be involved in problem gambling, according to a 2016 study conducted by the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Behavioral Health.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed March 2021 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Louisiana, coinciding with National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The month-long observance promotes awareness of the resources available to those experiencing problems associated with gambling.

Data compiled by the Office of Behavioral Health shows gambling spans all ages, genders and races in Louisiana. Read more

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