Officials Attempt to Reduce Problem Gambling
By M. Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri gaming officials are highlighting a public awareness campaign this month, and training counselors in an attempt to reduce gambling addiction.
The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling-run by the state lottery and riverboat casino operators-has designated August "Responsible Gaming Education Month."
Alliance spokeswoman Shelley Perez says residents can voluntarily ban themselves from riverboat casinos by calling the state's gambling addiction hotline-1-888-BETS OFF.
"We also refer them to credit counseling, to treatment that's available here in Missouri, such as free counseling treatment, and Gamblers Anonymous," Perez said.
Gaming officials will hold information sessions around the state throughout the month, including a training session for gambling counselors in St. Louis next week.