MECCA Focuses Attention on Online Gambling
Online gambling has become a ver
gambling has become a very popular past time for many Americans and Iowans are
no exception. While prohibited by Iowa Code 725.7 which states: “a person shall
not participate in a game for any sum of money and other property of any
value…except with licensed gaming” the illegality has not deterred play. Newer
forms of online gaming offered through social networking sites such as Facebook
present a future of online gaming that is more accessible to adolescents.
Recent research has suggested that youth involved in internet gambling
are more likely to be engaged other risky behaviors such as alcohol abuse and
drugs (MacKay, 2005).
a not-for-profit community-based substance abuse and behavior health services
provider based in Iowa, offers a number of presentations and training tools free
of charge to help those struggling with a gambling addiction. Here’s a few tips
provided by MECCA to help keep your gambling responsible:
Set a money
limit and a time limit
gamble more money than you are prepared to lose
If you know
someone who is struggling with gambling addiction there is help available.
Call 1-800-BETS-OFF toll-free to connect with one of their counselors.
The first four visits, including the initial assessment, are free of
charge and are open to the gambler as well as the friends or family members who
are concerned. MECCA staff can be
contacted for access to their educational presentations and resources toll free
at 1-877-878-8870, via email at email@example.com, or on their website at
the Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network (IPRN)
is a monitoring and advocacy program from the Iowa Pharmacy Association whose
purpose is to assist impaired pharmacists, pharmacy students and pharmacy
technicians who’s dependency and or disability is potentially threatening
professional performance and public safety.
IPRN offers educational documents as well as support groups which meet
bimonthly for an hour, though meetings may be tailored based on the needs of the
individuals in the program. IPRN
can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m.-4:30 p.m. toll free at
1-877-890-IPRN or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2005). Double jeopardy: older women and problem gambling. International Journal
of Mental Health and Addiction, 3 (2) 35-53.