Bills Aim To Help Gambling Addiction

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A few proposed bills in Salem aim to help Oregon residents gamble responsibly when using video lottery machines. Some law makers have noticed the machines that can be found in a local bar or convenient store can draw in customers with gambling problems.

A portion of the Oregon lottery revenue go toward funding gambling addiction treatment. One of the proposed bills would have gambling addiction awareness built into the alcohol server education.

“Having bartenders or servers or individuals, who are in places where lottery games are being played, educated on what it looks like when somebody is experiencing a problem, I think is a step in a good direction,” said Edward Smith-Burns, with the Addictions Recovery Center.

Officials with the Addictions Recovery Center estimate about 3% of the population has gambling problems.