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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Potter County To Investigate Gambling Needs

Agency To Examine Extent Of Problem Gambling In County

gamblingPotter County Drug and Alcohol Program has received funding to conduct a problem gambling needs assessment. A team is being assembled to evaluate survey results, local trends and anecdotal data. The result will be a report on the extent of the problem, community perceptions, resources (both available and needed), and the feasibility of addressing the problem.

Community leaders are being sought to serve as team members and share their perspectives or expertise. Input from youths, parents, educators, human service workers, law enforcement, civic volunteers, elected officials, business owners and clergy is especially welcome. More information is available from Colleen K. Wilber, Drug and Alcohol Program administrator, at 814-544-7315

Problem gambling is defined as gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational.

The term includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as “pathological” or “compulsive” gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting serious, negative consequences.

18 comments :

Anonymous said...

HERE YOU GO! ANOTHER WASTE OF MONEY! PERFECT EXAMPLE THIS IS MONEY THAT DOESN'T NEED TO BE USED

Anonymous said...

I get so mad when I read about money being funded for things like this. How did we survive before! Oh yeah, you either did or didn't...The state and government has so much money to hand out, why are they complaining about not having any?

Anonymous said...

Good for Potter County. This is a bigger problem than many realize. Those who are not savvy enough to gamble on the internet and those who can't make it to Salamanca are buying lottery tickets by the hundreds of dollars every week. Just look around you sometime. It is disgusting that our state government has set up its finances based on exploiting people with the diseases as described in the last paragraph of this story. Mostly it was the Democrats who sold Pennsylvania's soul, but there were a lot of Republican conspirators too.

Anonymous said...

Everybody wanted casinos because it would bring money in. now gambling is a problem and it is COSTING taxpayer money. Any “funding” comes from taxes. So where is the taxpayers PAYOFF. I haven’t seen anything as far as tax brakes yet.

Anonymous said...

I am not jumping to conclusions on whether this is a good use of tax money or not. What does that mean when they say "has received funding?" How much? State or federal? Did they apply for it or is this something the state or feds are making them do?
wish the churches did a better job of outreach to help these people who have the soul sicknesses of alcohol abuse, compulsive gambling, infidelity and other sins. The teachings of Jesus are the solution and God is the answer. Let's have more details on this from Colleen K. Wilber.

Anonymous said...

How STUPID!!!!!

Anonymous said...

it's there freaking money to spend they way they want! Who cares it's not your personal problem.. This is a big waste of money!!!!

Anonymous said...

I`ll bet you 50 bucks this doen`t work....

Anonymous said...

Will this job be posted on Career Link? How about allowing people who need work to have these jobs instead of folks who are already employed???

Anonymous said...

First the State promotes gambling and then they use tax payers money to determine the harm of gambling. This is exactly what the last elections were about. Wasteful spending.

Anonymous said...

Bring the casino to Coudersport. We have the perfect building right on Main Street.

Gamble Baby, Gamble.

Anonymous said...

AMEN TO POST 11.59!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what the over/under is for this program working in Potter County, but I am sure Roulette wants in for the under.

JC

Anonymous said...

My husband said this would happen once they started the casinos and lottery tickets in each and every corner store in Potter County, guess he was right!

I do not see enough good being done for our Senior Citizens from the lottery money as it is and now tax dollars either Federal or State are needed for this? If there was enough money going to the senior citizens of this county there would be no need for donations for programs like "meals on wheels" and so on.

What has our world come to?

Anonymous said...

This kinda goes along with the article wanting new dealers posted at the top, eh?

Anonymous said...

gets the cops off your ass. they eat to many doughnuts from sheet. tax payers

Anonymous said...

why do we care if people gamble their money away. Unless it's welfare money?!! Sorry but I agree take that lovely building on Main St. in Coudersport and turn it into a casino ;-) We cannot police the entire world. Most of the people who go to the Jersey casinos are seniors who are bored and they take buses and spend their money. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

tax brakes...HAHHAHAhahaa...as if!