PGN Ohio Ties Problem Gambling to Suicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – These are busy days at the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio.

That’s the case, with legalized sports betting contributing to a 70-percent increase in calls to the helpline so far this year compared to 2022.

Executive Director Derek Longmeier says they offer programs to help prevent problem gambling, directing first-time wagerers to pause-before-you-play-dot-org.

The helpline number is 800-589-9966.

Longmeier says gambling is also the addiction most likely to lead to suicide.

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number is 9-8-8.