Governments Reject Plans to Expand Gambling

By Staff Writer

In the weak economy, many states and local governments have considered expanding gambling as part of efforts to close budget deficits. However, some officials have rejected these proposals due to the burden that gambling addiction can place on society.

For example, authorities in Vancouver, Canada, recently rejected a proposal to bring a large casino to the city, news station CKNW reports. The decision came on the back of an announcement from the British Columbia Coroner’s Office that gambling addiction was listed as the cause of 34 suicides between 2003 and 2010.

Recently, states across the U.S., including Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, have looked to expand gambling and casinos as a way to generate greater revenue. However, some of these proposals have been met with similar backlash from lawmakers and public groups who worry more casinos could bring similar problems to those experienced in Vancouver.

Gambling addiction is far more common than most people are aware, sending millions of people to seek substance abuse rehab. In fact, a recent study from researchers at the University of Buffalo showed that the problem may be more common than alcoholism.