The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) of the USA has decided to mark April 10 as Problem Gambling Advocacy Day. The council has urged all stakeholders to share personal stories, concerns and priorities with elected officials on the day.
The day will bring advocates and lawmakers together on one platform, which offers an opportunity to highlight the importance of developing strong public policies related to problem gambling and responsible gambling. Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG, highlighted the importance of Problem Gambling Advocacy Day, “As America undergoes the largest expansion of gambling in our nation’s history, now is the time to show our strength and share our stories. As the sole national advocate for people and families struggling with problem gambling, we must continue to be the voice for those that are affected.”
Brianne Doura, Legislative Director for NCPG, said, “Personal stories are critical to educating legislators about the successes of existing local nonprofits and services while simultaneously highlighting the gaps and the continuing needs of the communities and individuals that they serve every day. By encouraging our legislators to address this important issue, Advocacy Day participants will bring attention to gambling addiction and create meaningful change.”