In a move to look at the Issue of Compulsive Gambling the APGSA (Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators) and NCPG (National Council on Compulsive Gambling) joined forces to do a comprehensive study. Their study focused on 3 areas.
- · State Lotteries (Sales)
- · Commercial Casino Gaming (Gross Revenues)
- · Indian Gaming (also Gross Revenues)
The study looked at not only Finances but also how treatment money was allocated for the portion of the population that was likely to become addicted.
State Lotteries for example saw an 8.75 increase to $60.8 billion in 2012 with 32 out of 44 states accounting for this. The top 3 were California, Idaho and Illinois. All of them had percentage increases in the double digits with California on top with 27.1%.
Commercial Casinos also saw an increase of 4.3% nationally. Two of which had massive increases. Kansas led the pack with a 604% increase followed by Maryland with a 143% increase. Other states had modest increases of 67% and below. Only 2 saw decreases but neither was more than a 10% decrease.
Indian Gaming also showed growth with few exceptions.
Even with such increases treatment spending on Compulsive Gambling was 281 times smaller than that spent on Substance treatment programs. As states continue to see Compulsive Gambling problems increase this will need to change. The study breaks down public and private funding and where it is spent at the present time with respect to Compulsive Gambling. The allocation percentages are:
- · Treatment 37.16 %
- · Prevention 14.16 %
- · Media 12.85 %
- · Training & Workforce Development 10.99 %
- · Help Lines 10.77 %
- · Research 1.46 %
- · Service Evaluation 1.56 %
- · Administration 6. 82%
- · Other 4.23 %
With the smaller funding compared to substance abuse, it will probably be much harder to make a difference for the Gambler who is in need of help.
For 2013, 29 states responded to inquiries regarding budget Provisions for Services. The report shows a major shift in spending that sadly shows Treatment and Administration changing places. This trend may very well cause severe harm for those affected.
This report shows information on all states including the only 2 who do not have legalized gambling at this time Hawaii and Utah) in respect to the gambling environment and treatment help.
It is time for people to look at this more seriously and take action to prevent the destruction this addiction causes. What will you do for families?