Study shows more Bronx residents are becoming addicted to gambling
(01/02/05) THROGS NECK - According to the New York Council on Problem Gambling, more people in the Bronx are becoming addicted to gambling and calling the state's hotline for help about the problem.
The council says calls were up nearly 40 percent within the past year. Many people are now using video lottery terminals, and state officials say they are becoming the fastest-growing gambling addiction. Still, the state spends much more money promoting the lottery than fighting problem gambling.
Experts say if state leaders move forward on opening more gambling halls and casinos, even more people could develop a problem. Governor George Pataki is making the push for Indian tribes to open casinos upstate in an effort to help close a $6 billion state budget gap.
Council members believe more people are becoming hooked on gambling because of a lack of education on the subject. The 24/7 state hotline for problem gamblers is (1-800) 437-1611.