Adult Problem Gambling
Gambling in Oregon is an accessible and accepted recreational activity for adults. With the Oregon Lottery, tribal casinos, sports betting, national betting websites, and mobile phone apps, Marion County residents have plenty of outlets to gamble. Most Oregonians and Marion County residents do not gamble or gamble responsibly, but some cross the line and develop a gambling problem.
Problem Gambling Statistics
- An estimated 2.6% of Oregon Adults (~86,500) have a gambling problem
- The average debt of a person in treatment for problem gambling is $23,375
- People experiencing problem gambling also experience higher rates of alcohol and drug problems, tobacco use, thoughts of suicide, and a mental health episode
- 1% of Oregon Lottery funds go toward problem gambling prevention and treatment
- Problem gambling rates have remained consistent over time, despite the significant expansion of gambling, suggesting that prevention efforts are having an impact (OCPG)
Signs of Problem Gambling
Workplace Problem Gambling Resources
A number of resources are available to help workplaces prevent employees from gambling, including:
- FREE Workplace Problem Gambling Toolkit: Marion County Health Promotion and Prevention developed a free toolkit to assist workplaces in preventing the symptoms of problem gambling in the workplace. This toolkit includes tips for recognizing a problem gambler, a sample gambling prevention policy, a fraud protection checklist, break room posters, and additional resources.
- Guest Speaker: Customized presentations and discussions from a Marion County Health Educator for employers and employees.
- Technical Assistance: Additional posters, brochures, and additional assistance are available on request.