US Senator Richard Blumenthal and US Representative Andrea Salinas have officially proposed the GRIT Act – a groundbreaking initiative aimed at tackling the widespread issue of gambling addiction in the United States.

This legislation is a significant step forward in addressing the public health concerns surrounding gambling addiction, which currently affects approximately 7 million American adults and carries an estimated annual economic burden of $7 billion.

Despite a concerning 30% increase in the risk of gambling addiction from 2018 to 2021, there are currently no federal funds dedicated to the treatment or research of this issue. The GRIT Act seeks to change that.

Susan Sheridan Tucker, President of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) Board of Directors, expressed her support for this critical legislation, recognizing its potential to make a lasting impact on individuals and families nationwide who are struggling with gambling addiction.

Key provisions of the GRIT Act include allocating 50% of the federal sports excise tax revenue to fund gambling addiction treatment and research efforts. The funds would be managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, with 75% being distributed to states for prevention and treatment through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program.

The remaining 25% would go toward research grants administered by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, focusing on studying gambling addiction. The legislation also mandates a report on the program’s effectiveness within three years of its implementation.

Importantly, the GRIT Act leverages existing federal excise tax revenue and operates within the existing framework of the Health and Human Services department, ensuring that no tax increases or additional bureaucracy are required.

In related news, the NCPG has been actively involved in promoting responsible gambling practices and prevention measures. The organization recently partnered with SG:certified to enhance the evaluation process of its Internet Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) – a prestigious accreditation for player protection in online gambling.

Furthermore, the NCPG has announced its Fall 2023 Agility Grants, awarding $176,000 to five nonprofit organizations working on innovative strategies to address problem gambling. These grants are part of the NCPG’s commitment to providing over $1 million in funding between 2022 and 2024, with contributions from entities like the NFL Foundation and online gambling platform FanDuel.

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