Gambling Addiction in Florida Is On the Rise as Genting Eyes Giant Downtown Miami Casino

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The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling reports it has seen a large uptick in calls to its help line in the past year, indicating that gambling addiction may be on the rise in the Sunshine State. The report comes after Governor Rick Scott slashed the program's budget, and as state lawmakers mull the idea of legalizing giant destination casinos in South Florida.

The FCCG, which operates the 1-888-ADMIT-IT helpline, says calls have increased 18 percent in the past year. That's also a 57 percent increase over the past five years.

Interestingly, a whopping 42 percent of all callers to the line reside in South Florida. That's the same area where Republicans in the state legislature are considering authorizing mega-casinos.

The FCCG also reported the following stats:
  • Crime- 35% reported they resorted to committing illegal acts to finance their gambling representing a 3% increase over the previous year and a 12% increase over the past 5 years.
  • Unemployed/Public Assistance- 25% reported they were unemployed and/or collecting state assistance, a 4% increase over the previous year, also representing a 12% increase over the past 5 years.
  • Suicide - Those reporting having suicidal ideation or attempts rose significantly from 11% to 16% of callers.
  • Primary Gambling Problem - The most frequently cited primary gambling problem was Slots - 46% Cards - 33% Lottery - 11%
One of the fastest growing gambling problem in Florida seems to result from "Internet Sweepstakes Centers." Through loopholes in state laws, the centers are allowed to operate slot machine-like computer games, often in strip mall store fronts. The report noted a 72% increase in calls related to the centers.

Interestingly, even though calls to 1-888-ADMIT-IT are on the rise, Scott recently slashed the program's budget. Using his veto power he emptied out a fund meant to support the program, and, according to The Miami Herald, "the council's budget went from $1.8 million in 2010-11 to $264,000 in 2011-12."

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Sam Dinkin
Sam Dinkin

 Kyle Munzenrieder ha has been writing NEGATIVE stories about the casino since the possibility was unveiled.  He has obviously been paid-off by the opposition.  We should ALL be aware of these unscrupulous reporters that prevent to be reporting the facts when they are actually paid cheerleaders.

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson

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Gaming is already part of Florida's make-up. Either you are inor out as one cannot go swimming unless he is in the swimming poolall the way. Gambling could be a new advantage from new employmentvenues to revenues for the state; so why would we not go swimming allthe way?

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