Illinois agency launches study of gambling addiction

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A woman plays a slot machine at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J. on July 2, 2020. The U.S. gambling industry was a big winner at the polls on Nov. 3, 2020, with three states authorizing sports betting and three others either authorizing or expanding casino gambling. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

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CHICAGO (AP) — A state agency is launching a one-year study on gambling addiction in Illinois and treatments that are available.

Results from the report will be used by the Illinois Department of Human Services to help direct future strategies to prevent problem gambling and increase access to treatment and services.

Money for the roughly $500,000 effort is coming from revenue from the state’s gambling tax and money set aside from the 2021 fiscal year budget.

Among other things, researchers will look at populations that are vulnerable or marginalized.

If you or someone you know has a gambling disorder, call the state’s helpline at 1-800-GAMBLER, text ILGAMB to 53342 or visit https://weknowthefeeling.org.

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