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Gambling Addiction In Maryland Growing

September 14th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

A recent report in the Washington Post says that while gambling addiction is growing in Maryland – treatment options are not. These growing social cost, not a surprise to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. In the first five months of this year, police were called to Maryland casinos four times to respond to children or seniors being left alone in cars while their parents or caregivers were inside gambling, according to reports compiled by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. Outside of self-help groups such as Gamblers Anonymous, free counseling is almost nonexistent. In Maryland, pretty much the only way to get real treatment is to have private insurance that will pick up the tab.  Franchot was a leading opponent of legalizing slot machines and casinos is the state saying that the impact on families will far exceed the gaming revenue stream…


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