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Problem Gambling, Risks to Youth & Youth Gambling in Tillamook County

Did you know gambling can be a problem?

It can be as addictive as alcohol or drugs for some people.

Problem gambling is a serious public health concern. Tens of thousands of Oregon residents – including people in Tillamook County – suffer from problem gambling, as do their family, friends, employers, financial institutions and others in the larger community.

Some of the SIGNS of a problem:
  • Do you lose time from work or school because of gambling?
  • Do you spend more money on gambling than you mean to?
  • Are people you care about unhappy because of your gambling?
  • Do you always want to keep on gambling, even when you lose?
  • Do you borrow money or sell something to get money for gambling?
  • Do you gamble with your rent or food money?
  • Do you ignore your own or your family’s welfare, due to gambling?
  • Do you gamble to escape worry, - trouble, - or loneliness?
  • Have you done something illegal so you can gamble?
  • Have you had thoughts of suicide because of gambling?

Did you know exposure to gambling at a young age is a risk factor for adult problem/addictive gambling?

Do you think Tillamook County youth aren’t at risk?

  • Gambling is the #1 youth risk behavior in Tillamook County.
  • Tillamook County youth (6th, 8th and 11th graders) gamble more than use substances, yet, teachers and parents talk to youth less about risks of gambling than about substance use.
  • Tillamook County youth gamble in many ways – some illegal for their age.
  • Tillamook County youth rates for card, internet and Lottery gambling increase with age (between 6th and 11th grade).
  • Signs of gambling problems in Tillamook County youth are higher than statewide rates – and they are also higher than adult rates (Moore, 2006).

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