Presenter: Victor Ortiz, MSW, LADC I, CADC II, Director of Problem Gambling Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Description: Problem gambling is an emerging public health issue in our society. A majority of the epidemiological focus has been on the measurement of prevalence and incidence within the adult population. With the rise of social gaming (fantasy sports, internet based games, candy crush) and expansion of gambling (casinos, slot parlors, lotteries) opportunities, there are growing concerns regarding the impact on youth, and families. Problem gambling among youth typically has a snowball effect which impacts their family and social circles. The earlier the onset of gambling experienced by youth the higher for the potential of experiencing other health related issues later in life.
This webinar is aimed at exploring the complexities of problem gambling and the various challenges and opportunities in the era of expansion gambling in Massachusetts. Effective strategies in integrating problem gambling services will be highlighted, along with current efforts in Massachusetts to mitigate the hams associated with gambling. A focus on the stressors and challenges facing youth and families will be discussed.