March 2014: Problem Gambling Awareness Month

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; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Problem Gambling Help-Line has seen that women and men both seek and enter treatment at a similar rate in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, data from 2012 through 2013 by the Michigan Problem Gambling Help-Line show veterans seek and enter treatment at an increasing rate; and,

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

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care to encourage Michigan residents to participate in this awareness month 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 March 2014 Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Michigan.