March 3 through March 9, 2013: Problem Gambling Awareness Week

WHEREAS, problem gambling is a public health issue affecting millions of Americans of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds, leading to significant societal and economic costs; and,


WHEREAS, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling, any gambling behavior that interferes with psychological, physical, social or vocational aspects of life is defined as problem gambling; and,  


WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 300,000 Michigan citizens have experienced problem gambling; the Michigan Problem Gambling Help-Line has seen that both women and men seek and enter treatment at a similar rate in Michigan; and,  


WHEREAS, numerous individuals, professionals and organizations are dedicated to educating citizens about problem gambling, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment throughout the state; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services to encourage Michiganders to participate in this awareness week by sharing treatment information about this issue and supporting those who are in treatment and recovery;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, March 3 through Saturday, March 9, 2013 as Problem Gambling Awareness Week in Michigan.