March 4 through March 10, 2012: Problem Gambling Awareness Week

WHEREAS, problem gambling is a public health issue affecting millions of Americans of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds, creating significant societal and economic costs; and,


WHEREAS, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling, any gambling behavior that interferes with psychological, physical, social or vocational aspects of life is defined as problem gambling; and,  


WHEREAS, studies in recent years have shown that upward of 300,000 Michigan citizens have experienced problem gambling; and,


WHEREAS, numerous individuals, professionals and organizations are dedicated to educating citizens about problem gambling, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services to encourage all Michigan residents to participate in this awareness week by sharing treatment information and supporting those who are in treatment and recovery;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, March 4 through Saturday, March 10, 2012 as Problem Gambling Awareness Week in Michigan.