Comptroller: New York has no idea what damage gambling has done

New York has seen an explosion of state-authorized gambling over the past 13 years, including new casinos in Buffalo and across upstate, new lottery betting, daily fantasy sports offerings and a new sports gambling effort.

But it has been more than a decade and three governors since the state government last conducted any comprehensive, statewide study examining gambling addiction problems in order to get a better understanding where and how to invest taxpayer money in treatment programs.

The concerns are raised in a new audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who says state-run gambling treatment has not been offered in large areas of the state, including those with new state-sanctioned gambling outlets, according to a copy of the audit obtained by The Buffalo News.

The Democratic comptroller’s auditors looked at the failure by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to gather the kinds of information such gambling “prevalence” studies have revealed in New York and other states over the years.

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