Week Theme Audience Bullet Points Suggested Actions

1

Gambling Awareness: Introduction to PGAM General Population
  •  Problem gambling is a public health issue
  • PG is treatable and most who seek recovery                 achieve it
  • 6 million or 2% of American adults estimated to        meet criteria for PG
  •  Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
Healthcare/Agencies/Affiliates
  •  Problem gambling is in DSM 5
  • Highly co-occurring with other disorders
  • Recovery supports include self help groups like Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • Print out and post flyers
  • Hold a press conference or public event
Gaming
  •   Great opportunity for gaming organizations to show their support for organizations who provide safety net for problem gamblers.
  • Opportunity for gaming organizations to highlight their responsible gaming programs and policies.
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • Support state conferences & other efforts

2

Screening: Problem Gambling & Co-Occurring Disorders General Population
  •   Your doctor should ask you about your gambling
  • Substance use, substance abuse and depression all strongly linked with problem gambling
  • A family history of addiction makes it more likely to be at risk for PG
  • Ask your doctor to post a flyer
  • Ask your doctor to screen clients and participate in a screening week event like Gambling Disorder Screening Day on March 14
Healthcare/Agencies/Affiliates
  • Screen clients/patients/consumers with special focus on high risk individuals
  • Always assess for suicide among those who screen positive for PG
  • Know how/where to refer to PG specialists
  • Screen  at least this week and month
  • Incorporate brief screens into intake policy & procedure
  • Participate in Gambling Disorder Screening Day on March 14
Gaming
  • Make sure your insurance & EAP providers cover gambling addiction
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • Ask HR if your providers cover, and if a certified provider is available in network

3

National Advocacy: Fight for Federal support for state PG programs General Population
  • $7 billion in Federal gambling tax revenue goes to DC but not a dime goes back to states and organizations to prevent & treat PG
  • Estimated social cost from addiction, bankruptcy & crime = $7 billion
  • Only nationwide disorder without Federal support
  • Ask your Senators & Representatives to sponsor IMPACT Gambling Addiction Act
  • Ask your Senators to meet NCPG Board member on March 15
  • Ask your Senators & Representatives to attend NCPG briefing on Gambling Addiction in the Military on March 16
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
Healthcare/Agencies/Affiliates
  • Ask your regulator, trade association, health agency to provide grants and technical assistance. Will never get it if you don’t ask.
  • Contact your Federal and state representatives for help
  • Support our March 15 Hill Day advocacy by contacting your Congressional representatives
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • Request technical assistance from your SSA
  • Request technical assistance from SAMHSA
Gaming
  •  Ensuring insurance coverage is a critical part of the safety net that makes gaming sustainable
  • Good Federally funded research minimizes impact of junk science
  • Federal grants can reduce reliance on research funding requests to gaming operators
  • Support IMPACT Gambling Addiction Act
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media

4

Special Populations: Veterans, Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Gaming Employees At Higher Risk General Population
  • PG can affect anyone but active duty & veterans, racial/ethnic minorities and gaming employees all at higher risk
  • Exciting new neurobiological evidence shows great similarities with other addictions
  • Veterans estimated to have rate of PG 2x that of the general population
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • Reach out to groups working on these issues and ask them to include gambling
Healthcare/Agencies/Affiliates
  • Important to ensure prevention, education, treatment services are culturally specific
  • PG can affect anyone but active duty & veterans, racial/ethnic minorities and gaming employees all at higher risk
  • Exciting new neurobiological evidence shows great similarities with other addictions
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • Include gambling in population specific prevention, education, research and treatment efforts
Gaming
  •  Make sure marketing doesn’t inappropriately target high risk groups
  • Advertising, especially in other languages, should include warning messages/helpline where appropriate
  • Gaming employees are at higher risk for gambling problems
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media

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5

Sports Gambling & March Madness General Population
  • Athletes are more likely to be at risk for addiction
  • Preventing and treating gambling addiction among athletes  protects their health and the integrity of the game
  • Any legalization of sports gambling must be accompanied by increased support for addiction prevention and treatment programs
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • Before having a March Madness themed events, promotions or parties consider co-occurring disorder and impact on recovering gamblers
  • If you do have an event make sure to post the Helpline
Healthcare/Agencies/Affiliates
  •  Establish specific gambling addiction prevention and education programs for youth athletes prior to high school
  • Ensure that athletes and personnel have a safe harbor to seek help for gambling related problems, and qualified EAP and counseling  available
  • Saturation coverage of betting during March Madness creates risk of relapse
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • Before having a March Madness themed events, promotions or parties consider co-occurring disorder and impact on recovering gamblers
  • If you do have an event make sure to post the Helpline
Gaming
  • Ensure that any expansion of sports gambling includes dedicated funds to prevent and treat gambling addiction
  • Require sports betting operators to implement responsible gaming programs, which include comprehensive employee training and specific requirements for the inclusion of help/prevention messages in external marketing, and assign a regulatory agency to enforce them
  • Conduct surveys of the prevalence of gambling addiction prior to expansion and at regular periods thereafter to monitor impacts of legalized sports betting
  • Post or repost NCPG or your state Affiliate’s PGAM-related social media
  • If you have March Madness themed events, promotions or parties make sure to post the Helpline