Gambling Disorders Soar One Year After Legalized Online Betting
Gambling is addictive and it is easier than ever to gamble with the legalization of online betting and sports betting in Michigan. People are inundated with billboards, television commercials, and other advertisements for the numerous online betting franchises that are now legal in Michigan.
Nearly triple the number of calls were made to the problem gambling hotline in 2021, compared to 2020. To address the increase in problem gambling, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is addressing the growing problem in their annual gambling symposium. This year’s event is called “Gambling: The New Direction.”
Alia Lucas, MDHHS gambling disorder program manager said, “These platforms engage in a pay-to-play format, so by their nature they’re addicting and difficult to escape. This can lead to severe financial trouble, as well as strained personal and work relationships as people participate in these spaces more than ever before.”
Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline, 800-270-7117
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland