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March 4th-10th is National Problem Gambling Awareness Week (NPGAW)

This is the tenth year of the event, which is a national grassroots effort run by the National Council on Problem Gambling and its 37 state affiliate councils. The goal of NPGAW is to increase awareness about problem gambling among individuals, families, communities and health care professionals.

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Inc. (CCGNJ) is an active participant in NPGAW. Jeffrey Beck, Clinical Coordinator of the Council, is Chairman of NPGAW. Mr. Beck is also an active member of the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County which Mercer Council sponsors. The Council on Compulsive Gambling can be reached by calling 609-588-5515.

Gambling treatment professionals throughout New Jersey will be involved in outreach activities the entire month of March, which in New Jersey is designated Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Activities will include school lectures, jail lectures, walk-in screenings and literature distribution.

The theme of 2012 is "Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime." An estimated 350,000 NJ residents are considered to be pathological, problem or at-risk gamblers. Problem gamblers can be found in every community in our state and can be young or old, male or female, and from any ethnic or socio-economic group. Gambling problems often remain hidden until late in the addiction, because they cannot be detected in the same ways as other addictions, For more information see the NPGAW website at Free and confidential assistance with a gambling problem is available at 1-800-GAMBLER. You can also call Mercer Council at 609-396-5874 for information and free literature.