|While newly elected Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger publicly contemplates raising more revenue for the state by casino operations despite his No-Raising-Taxes administration, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association and the California Council on Problem Gambling have cooperated to open, through October 17, The Responsible Gambling Awareness Week on problem gambling.|
The joint organizational effort reports that “Researchers estimate that 1-2 percent of the nation's adults are pathological gamblers, for whom life becomes a nightmare of lottery tickets, playing cards, slot machine reels and tumbling dice.”
While it might seem that this low percentage registers as a low threat to society, in California, the most populated state in the US, the percentage translates to upwards of a million Californians. The program, dubbed “Tumbling Dice,” is a series of “symposiums, panel discussions and workshops [which] will feature the nation's leading experts on gambling addiction.” Tumbling Dice will be presented by health care professionals, gambling industry executives, and elected officials. The news media are encouraged to attend.
The program will be conducted in the State Capital Building.