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26- Slot Casinos Linked to Increased Suicide

Addiction, Crime, and Public Health Damage

26. Slot casinos are linked to increased rates of suicide and suicide attempts.

The Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation (page 27) found in its literature review on the subject that 17-24 percent of pathological gamblers attempt suicide; that pathological gamblers have a suicide rate 5-10 times higher than the general population; and that their spouses have suicide attempt rates three times higher than the general population.

Joe Harding, director of New Hampshire’s bureau of drug and alcohol services, estimated that New Hampshire would have nearly 1,000 “actively suicidal” residents if casinos were legalized here. (See his testimony to the Gaming Study Commission, 3/16/2010).

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