Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Health Minister Sands: Government addressing Problem Gambling and Addiction

Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands addressing the Opening Session of the Problem Gambling and Addiction Awareness Month Seminar hosted by the Public Hospitals Authority and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in conjunction with The Bahamas Gaming Operators Association. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)

By Matt Maura

Nassau, The Bahamas - Problem gambling has become a significant public health issue in The Bahamas, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said Monday. The Health Minister said the same is true “in other territories around the world”.

Addressing a Problem Gambling and Addiction Awareness Month Seminar hosted by the Public Hospitals Authority and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC), in conjunction with the Bahamas Gaming Operators Association, Monday, March 4, Dr. Sands said according to anecdotal data, many Bahamian families are being impacted by the effects of problem gambling.

“For these persons, gaming or gambling has moved from an entertainment pastime to a full-fledged compulsive obsession,” Dr. Sands said.

The Health Minister said the American Psychiatric Association has classified problem gambling as an official disorder in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (The DSM5).
 
This psychiatric/medical designation, Dr. Sands said, might suggest that problem gambling shares similar hallucinogenic characteristics with substance abuse disorders such as cocaine and heroin abuse.  Read more >>