Kan. agency launches $380K problem gambling effort

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas agency is collaborating with other groups to launch a $380,000 problem gambling campaign aimed at raising public awareness and helping addicts receive treatment.

The program announced Monday is called “Know Your Limits” and is using television, radio and social media sites to spread the word statewide.

Shawn Sullivan, head of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, said the campaign was part of $1.3 million the state was spending on problem gambling issues.

Sullivan said the agency’s research indicates that most problem gamblers also suffer from other addictions, such as alcohol, drugs or tobacco use.

Last year, 118 people were treated for problem gambling through programs offered by the state agency. Funds for the programs are provided by state-owned casinos.

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