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The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) yesterday announced a year-long study of gambling and gambling addiction. 


IDHS Secretary Grace Hou said, "This gambling prevalence study is unprecedented in Illinois and will give us a clearer understanding of the prevalence of gambling disorder in the state.  Understanding the pervasiveness of gambling disorder will allow us to target communities that may be disproportionality impacted by the expansion of gambling in the state. The study will also help us to understand where we can make further investments in Illinois communities to support treatment and recovery as well as education for responsible gambling."


Researchers from IDHS and Health Resources in Action will determine the extent of problem gambling across Illinois. The report will be used by IDHS and others to improve access to public health services related to problem gambling among Illinois residents.


If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with gambling, go to weknowthefeeling.org, call 1-800-GAMBLER, or text "ILGamb" to 53342.

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