The gift of gambling?

KIMT News 3- According to the Iowa Department of Health thousands of people will stuff stockings this year with scratch of tickets, but experts say this may not be the best idea.

According to those with Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, starting kids off at an early age can be a gate way to addiction. They say seeing the cartoons on the cards as well as watching parents win a couple bucks can spark their curiosity, which is where the addiction to gambling begins.

“It is something that we would consider a risky behavior,” says Meagan Wenz, a certified Prevention Specialist. “We know that kids are driven to want to try something, whether it’s trying alcohol drugs and gambling, it is just another thing that falls into that category that could lead to addiction”


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