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Sept. 28, 2016 - Salem, Ore. – In honor of Problem Gambling Awareness Day, Tim Murphy, chief executive officer of Bridgeway Recovery Services and Barry Pack, acting director of the Oregon Lottery issue this joint statement.
Governor Brown has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 29 as Problem Gambling Awareness Day in Oregon. We urge all Oregonians to pause a moment to reflect on the importance of connecting those suffering with problem gambling issues to the free treatment available to them from health providers throughout the state.
We are united in supporting problem gambling treatment. While it may seem surprising to some that a gambling recovery services executive and a lottery director are collaborating in this effort, we share common ground in our commitment to help those struggling with gambling problems. Treatment for gambling addiction is not only free, supported by Lottery revenues, but also effective. People can check out the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website at www.opgr.org for information, an opportunity to chat with a counselor, or a referral to treatment.
Last month we toured the Bridgeway Recovery Services Treatment Center together and had the opportunity to meet with patients in treatment; a good beginning for a long and effective collaboration. The Oregon Lottery is committed to supporting and promoting treatment programs and training employees and retailer staff to provide information on problem gambling treatment services. Together our collaboration does good things for Oregon by strengthening our individual efforts to connect problem gamblers with treatment and positive outcomes.
Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $92 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.