Casino Taxes Will Pay To Treat Gambling Addicts

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Taxes on Ohio's four casinos will pay for guaranteed treatment of bettors with verified gambling addictions.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the $4.9 million problem-gambling response plan was detailed this week before the Ohio Casino Control Commission, which regulates the casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. The treatment program is funded mostly from casino taxes.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says 209 addicted gamblers were treated in the 2013 fiscal year out of about 5,900 screened by agencies statewide.

A 2012 study estimated that 250,000 Ohioans are problem gamblers or at risk of developing an addiction.