Ohio wants colleges' to help avoid gambling problems

CLEVELAND - A state agency wants Ohio's college and university counselors to help keep compulsive gambling from becoming a problem among young people as gambling venues multiply.

The Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services hopes prevention and treatment of gambling addiction can be improved at universities and colleges. An Ohio State University conference last month alerted counselors, although some said they hadn't detected widespread addiction at their schools.

But the Ohio Casino Control Commission says the number of players under 30 voluntarily banning themselves from Ohio's s new casinos is growing. It says younger players represent a fourth of the 365 names on a voluntary exclusion list.

A group that co-sponsored the OSU conference wants to prevent student gambling from becoming a blatant problem.

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