The Columbia School of Public Health published a major national story today about the massive public health impacts of government-sponsored casinos and lotteries. It is titled “Gambling with America’s Health—The Public Health Costs of Legal Gambling.
Investigated by Elaine Meyer, it spotlights how predatory gambling is harming millions of Americans and the communities they live in. You can read it here on the Columbia School of Public Health website (all of the buttons to share it are on the right side of its front page.).
For much of the last twenty-five years, most in the public health community in America have been willfully silent on this issue, but recently public health professionals have begun to look beyond treating their patients, and have begun to speak out against government sponsored gambling. Efforts by the Public Health Advocacy Institute and now the Columbia School of Public Health have started to drop the “gambling neutral” stance of their colleagues, and have identified government sponsored gambling as the problem, instead of laying all the blame on the neurological deficiencies of “problem gamblers.”
Please read the report and pass it along to your networks. Especially pass it on to people in the public health and treatment areas.