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Gambling Treatment Advocate Calls For More Studies

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Slot Machine File Photo (Janice Brown/Getty Images)

Slot Machine File Photo (Janice Brown/Getty Images)

WESTBROOK, Conn. (AP) – An advocate for gambling treatment in Connecticut says the state isn’t doing enough to understand the problem of excessive gambling.

Marvin Steinberg, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, told more than 100 participants at a conference Thursday that state government is doing too few studies to determine if problem gambling is getting worse in Connecticut. He says studies were done every five years from 1981 until 1996 and was last done in 2009.

Another study is not due until 2019.

State Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein, who attended the conference, said the state may do a study before the 2019 due date.

Steinberg said the state provides too little money to help treat gambling problems. The state contributed $1.9 million to Problem Gambling Services. In the most recent budget yet.

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