Survey: Gambling could hurt 26 percent of Kansans

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A survey finds that up to 9 percent of Kansans are at risk of developing a gambling problem, and 26 percent of the state’s residents could be affected by the uncontrolled gambling of a relative or friend.

The survey was presented Wednesday to the state’s problem gambling task forces and other service providers. A Kansas City firm conducted a telephone survey of 1,600 adults in Kansas to help determine how to spend $400,000 in new state funding to combat problem gambling.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/18TLT6H ) the firm says the survey revealed a need for stronger educational campaigns about prevention and treatment of gambling problems.

A member of the firm that conducted the survey, Doug Ballou, says problem gambling appears to be most prevalent in south-central and southwest Kansas.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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