An estimated 90,000 Ohioans are at risk of developing a gambling problem – more than the population of the cities of Youngstown and Canton. As gaming and gambling opportunities
continue to expand, raising awareness of responsible gambling and the resources available to those impacted is key.
Governor Mike DeWine has declared the month of March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Ohio, encouraging Ohioans “to be aware of responsible gambling, to understand the effects of problem gambling and to get help for themselves, loved ones, patients and clients when gambling is leading to serious financial and health consequences.”
Anyone who gambles can develop a problem. Groups at higher levels of risk include young adults, older adults, adolescents, veterans, and racial and ethnic minorities.
The partners in Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) – the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio Lottery Commission and the State Racing Commission – are working together to increase the number of gambling treatment providers around the state and improve recognition of the signs and symptoms of individuals at‐risk of problem gambling.
For more information about problem gambling – including how to get help – visit www.beforeyoubet.org, call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1‐800‐589‐9966, or text “4hope” to 741741. Ohioans diagnosed with a gambling disorder can receive treatment at no cost.