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Universities urged to fight gambling like alcohol, drugs

September 30, 2009

Colleges and universities should take more steps to curb problem gambling by piggybacking outreach efforts onto campaigns against alcohol and drug abuse, a national gambling task force said Tuesday.

While nearly half of college students surveyed reported gambling during the past year, a 2005 report showed that only 22 percent of colleges have written gambling policies, said the Task Force on College Gambling Policies, which was established last year by the Cambridge Health Alliance and funded by the National Center for Responsible Gaming. The health alliance is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Among the 10 recommendations outlined in the report, the task force said universities should establish clear, written gambling policies that comply with laws, actively campaign against problem gambling, and help treat students if they develop gambling disorders.

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