By Staff Writer
Gambling addiction is a growing problem in the U.S. Millions of people have sought substance abuse help for their dependency, but still find relapse prevention to be a difficult task. Lawmakers are continually looking for ways to prevent problem betters from falling back into old habits.
Officials in this country may benefit from looking to Canada for a solution. Provincial lawmakers in Ontario recently announced that they will be installing facial recognition cameras in casinos to spot known gambling addicts before they have a chance to sit down at a table, according to Market Watch.
Officials said that they already have a database of more than 15,000 addicts who have voluntarily submitted their information to the program, asking to be stopped from entering casinos.
Program coordinators told the news source that the program could prevent thousands of gambling addicts from getting in over their head with losses and debt.
Between 1 and 3 percent of the U.S. population struggle with gambling addiction, and casinos are some of the main sources feeding these problems, according to the Oklahoma Association for Gambling Addiction Awareness.