A new toolkit is helping the state tackle underage gambling.
According to a media release, a toolkit will be available to school districts, parents, and community groups and helps adults open up the conversation about the risks of underage gambling with young people.
“This valuable new resource will enable us to reach children early in their lives, to help them understand that gambling is not a risk-free behavior,” said New York State OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez.
“Collaborating with our partners in the State Education Department, we are able to make a bigger impact than either agency could on its own. Statewide prevention efforts like this are an important part of Governor Cuomo’s multi-pronged approach to addressing addiction in all its forms,” added González-Sánchez.
Statistics show, in the past year, nearly half of 7th to 12th graders gambled at least one. Earlier this month, Rivers Casino in Schenectady was hit with a fine for underage gambling.