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As a component of the state budget bill, the Ohio legislature authorized the Ohio Lottery to begin accepting credit/debit cards on all 6,000 of the Ohio Lottery Commission’s self-service terminals, effective tomorrow. “It’s a changing consumer trend. More and more consumers aren’t carrying cash,” Ohio Lottery Communications Director Danielle Frizzi-Babb said. “It’s really a way […]

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The Science of Addiction and Withdrawal

The Science of Addiction and Withdrawal When you think of someone who has an addiction, you often think of someone who is hooked on alcohol or drugs, however, you can also be addicted to behaviors. Being addicted to gambling, sex, or online activity may seem confusing at first, but behavioral addictions are ultimately as chemical […]

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Survey: Problem gamblers in Ohio doubled after casinos

COLUMBUS (AP) — The percentage of Ohioans deemed problem gamblers has doubled since the implementation of racinos and casinos five years ago, according to a survey released Wednesday whose results state leaders say they expected. The Ohio Gambling Survey said 0.9 percent of residents or about 76,400 people are problem gamblers, up from 0.4 percent […]

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Disaster & Mass Casualty Resources

While many are stunned by the Las Vegas tragedy, many news outlets, including the Washington Post, have reported on the gambling behaviors of the perpetrator. It is important to share with your communities that the vast majority of those struggling with gambling issues do not take violent action against others, and that help is available to […]

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Mental Health in the Workplace

World Mental Health Day was created to encourage dialog about mental health, promote mental well-being, and remove the stigma surrounding mental illness. This year’s theme is Mental Health in the Workplace. Depression in the workplace may look different than how it actually feels. Don’t wrongly assume your colleagues are lazy when they may actually be […]

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Same Mission. New Look.

Be the 95% is now Get Set Before You Bet, which is poised to educate even more people in the coming year about the dangers of problem gambling. Get Set Before You Bet is a reminder to Ohioans that if  they choose to gamble, they should visit the campaign website to learn about healthy habits […]

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It’s Not Just a Penny Slot Machine: Gambling Addiction in Seniors

Gambling and Seniors Casinos have changed alot over the last 20 years and are drawing seniors in by offering personalized discounts, free transportation and an environment that is very easy for those with disabilities to navigate. Many casinos offer mobility devices such as scooters or wheelchairs and some even offer oxygen for their older clients. Seniors receive mail […]

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Are You Ready for Some Fantasy Football?

Are You Ready for Some Fantasy Football? Fantasy sports began as a niche hobby for statistically inclined sports fanatics, but quickly turned into a multibillion-dollar industry. Thanks to the internet, roughly 75 million Americans are expected to participate in fantasy football this year. As week #2 of the NFL season has gotten underway, fantasy football […]

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September is National/Ohio Recovery Month

Celebrate Recovery Month & Support Behavioral Healthcare Every September we celebrate Ohio and National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to encourage individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates people in long-term recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers […]

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