|A $2 million public awareness campaign is due to be launched in Illinois this week, aimed at helping compulsive gamblers get the treatment they need.|
The campaign will be advertised on billboards, television and radio and a toll-free number is available where gamblers needing help can be referred to counsellors and the gambling addiction organisation Gamblers Anonymous.
There are two public service advertisements, one is aimed at a general audience, and one is aimed specifically at young people.
More than 300 counsellors were trained by the state last year to help deal with compulsive gambling, and another 250 will be trained this year.
The toll-free number is (800) 522-4700.