Connecticut Council at Problem Gambling Conference - Online Gambling on the Agenda

Online gambling government approval appears to be drawing near, according to a problem gambling expert

Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook will host the next Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling Conference on October 20. On the conference agenda online gambling is apparently going to be the hottest issue since the US government approval is drawing near.

"While the U.S. casino industry once opposed legalizing online gambling, it now wants to be the prime deliverer of it," Marvin Steinberg, executive director of the council, said explaining the current situation regarding this issue.

A panel discussion will be organized during the Conference with participation of eminent experts on the topic, some of them very prestigious such as new London Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford and state public defenders. The panel discussion will be focused on the challenges that prosecutors, defence attorneys and judges face in determining when rehabilitation is a better alternative to incarceration in cases of problem-gambling-related crime.

Mary Drexler, assistant director of the problem-gambling council, communicated that the panel grew out of correspondence in which Superior Court judges indicated they were interested in knowing more about online gambling and its approval.

During the conference there will be other panels which will focus on post-traumatic stress disorder and problem gambling, as well as on a state-wide project to raise problem-gambling awareness and infuse its prevention into the treatment of substance abuse and mental health.

The sponsors of the Conference are Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, the Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism and many other regional programs, which are also involved in funding of the problem gambling council.

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