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Problem Gambling Prevention

Don't Gamble Your Life Away! The Jackson County Problem Gambling Prevention Program aims to reduce problem gambling behaviors and the development of gambling addiction among youth living within Jackson County. One primary goal of the program is to increase awareness of disordered gambling and to educate the community about how to gamble responsibly.

Gambling is an activity that carries risk, and it can be just as disruptive as substances like alcohol and other drugs. For many people, gambling is a social activity and can be done without negative consequences. However, an estimated 81,800 adults in Oregon (about 1 in every 37 adults) have problems with gambling1. According to the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, problem gambling is defined as the continuation of gambling activities despite negative personal, social or financial consequences that do not reach a clinical diagnostic level of disordered gambling. In Oregon, it is estimated 2.2% of adolescents ages 12-17 (5,929) are at risk of developing a problem or have already developed a problem with gambling.2

How can we help you?

The Jackson County Problem Gambling Prevention Program is available to provide resources on problem gambling, including presentations, education, policy support and technical assistance. For more information, please contact us at 541-774-8200.

1 Oregon Health Authority. 2016-2020 System Improvement Plan. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
2 Oregon Council on Problem Gambling. Gambling and Problem Gambling in Oregon. 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2020