Mass. casi­nos not rais­ing ad­dic­tion

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

BOS­TON (AP) — Re­searchers say the in­tro­duc­tion of casino gam­bling in Massachusetts hasn’t led to an in­crease in gam­bling ad­dic­tion or re­lated prob­lems yet.

The study, re­leased Thurs­day by re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Massachusetts-Amherst, found that ad­mis­sions for prob­lem gam­bling treat­ment have con­tin­ued to de­cline even af­ter the open­ing of the slots par­lor Plain­ridge Park, the state’s first casino, in 2015.

It also found there’s been no in­crease in over­all crime, divorces, re­strain­ing orders, child wel­fare cases and per­sonal bank­ruptcy fil­ings statewide.

The state-com­mis­sioned study of the so­cial and eco­nomic im­pacts of casi­nos was launched in 2013 and is billed as the most com­pre­hen­sive ever at­tempted.

MGM opened a ma­jor re­sort casino in Spring­field ear­lier this year, and Wynn Re­sorts is slated to open one in the Bos­ton area next year.

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