Problem Gambling Prevention

For most adults, gambling can be a fun way to relieve stress and engage with friends. It is important to know what to watch for in case you or a loved one is at risk of problem gaming and gambling.  In Oregon, it is estimated 2.6 percent of the adult population experiences moderate or serious problems with gambling. It is estimated that 84,000 Oregon adults and adolescents meet the clinical diagnosis for gambling disorder, with another 180,000 at risk of developing a problem with gambling.  For each person with a serious problem, many others are affected (e.g. spouse, children).

One percent of Oregon Lottery revenues fund problem gambling services. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) administers the funds that provide approximately $7.5 million annually for prevention and treatment programs and services within each county.

Problem Gambling Signs