Raising awareness of gambling addiction

Before Monday's indictment, former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish sought out treatment for a gambling addiction. There are allegations that the money that Crish received and allegedly extorted was obtained to fuel his addiction.

According to state officials, the number of people diagnosed with gambling addictions doubled from 2009 to a study done through 2016 and 2017. Ohio casinos were legalized during this time frame, making it a likely cause as to why there was a spike in addiction. The chief of Ohio Bureau of Problem Gambling tells us that there are many different causes for addiction, but there are also many ways to take precautions.

"Cautions that we tell folks who enjoy gambling and we want them to maintain responsible gambling, is not to borrow money from people, not to take your debit card out with you if you're going to gamble. we certainly want people to only spend what they can afford at a given moment," said Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, Ohio Bureau of Problem Gambling Chief.

There are also many ways to seek help, such as treatment which is often free, and the Ohio Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-589-9966.

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