The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is pleased to provide this overview of Oregon-specific gambling and problem gambling information, including resources for those who want more in-depth information about preventing and treating gambling problems. The Council was established in 1996 as a federally approved not-for-profit corporation. The purpose was to provide factual information to citizens, legislators and service providers regarding the potential impact of gambling opportunities along with prevention and treatment availability for Oregonians who may be vulnerable to engaging in problem gambling behaviors.
The Council is an Affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling with the same objective of creating and maintaining an open dialogue among all stakeholders in Oregon. To this end, the Council Board consists of senior representatives from the Oregon Health Authority for treatment and prevention; Oregon Lottery; Retailers Association; Tribal Indian Gaming; county government; research, and very importantly, the recovery community.
The purpose of this booklet is to advance the dialogue with each other based on facts and to mitigate potential harm to individuals, families and our communities from problem gambling, while critically important efforts funded by Lottery, tribal and charitable gaming continue to provide much needed financial support.
Without these strong partnerships it would not have been possible to prepare and publish this booklet, which was first created in 2018 under the leadership of then-Executive Director Tom Moore, PhD. You can read the booklet below, or feel free to download the PDF.
We expect to update this booklet in 2021.