VERNON, N.Y. – March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and the state Gaming Commission, along with other organizations, visited Vernon Downs Thursday to shed more light on the issue.
“This month is all about taking action and having conversations about problem gambling issues and directing people to the help they may need,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling.
According to the council, about 6 million adults and half a million teens across the country meet the criteria for problem gambling.
In the state of New York, nearly 668,000 people struggle with gambling.
Those looking for help or more information can call the problem gambling resource center Hope Line at 315-413-4673.