Opioids & Problem Gambling

Session 5:
“Opioids & Problem Gambling”

On-demand viewing for this session expired on December 31, 2020.

Additional Resources Shared

Screening for Problem Gambling: Oregon Problem Gambling Services

Substance use disorder and other behavioral health providers may contact their local problem gambling services provider or david.corse@dhsoha.state.or.us . Materials will be added to the PGS site in the near future.

Thank you to session participants for sharing these resources:

This website, managed by Deschutes County Health Services, is available for anyone to use here in Oregon. Disposal locations around the state can be added as needed. There are also other creative materials that can be distributed to promote the web content and promote safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of prescription & OTC medications. Materials in Spanish can be found at: https://espanol.takemedsseriouslyoregon.org/ 

Drug Enforcement Agency: Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations across the U.S.

This website and related materials were developed through funds from the OHA-PH Injury & Violence Prevention team. It is also available to people throughout the state. I learned yesterday that the media contractor will be updating the website to be more aligned with the pandemic era. Look for those updates by the end of 2020. 

Portland need-based syringe exchange that offers Fentanyl testing strips and Narcan. 

Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery (VPGR)
VPGR has a fact sheet available on Opioid Use Disorder and Problem Gambling that is aimed at educating MAT counselors about problem gambling. Contact PGVoices@comcast.net 

About the Presenter

Dr. Timothy Fong

Timothy Fong, MD is a Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He is the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program that provides clinical training in the management of addictive disorders. He is also the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder in order to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies. Finally, he is a member of the Steering Committee to the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to examine the full impact of cannabis on the body, mind and brain.


The relationship between opioids and gambling must be more closely examined. Essentially every aspect of gambling activity can and will be impacted by the presence (or absence) of opioids. A few examples of critical issues to be explored include: the current landscape of how opioids and gambling behavior interact, medical and psychological implications in the treatment setting and best practices for the treatment of opioid use disorder among those with gambling disorder.