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NHS to open young peoples gambling addiction service

June 25, 2019 / Anna Smith
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NHS England has announced the opening of a new gambling clinic for children and young people, as part of the Long Term Plan. The news comes after a recent Gambling Comission report found that the number of children classed as having a gambling problem is 55,000, and that 450,000 are gambling regularly, more than those who have taken drugs, drunk alcohol or smoked. Problem gambling is allegedly being fuelled by online gaming sites and targeted adverts, NHS England say. Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s national director for mental health said that the clinics have the potential to be a “major turning point”, with Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive adding that “The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing and there are too many stories of lives lost and families destroyed. “This action shows just how seriously the NHS takes the threat of gambling addiction, even in young people, but we need to be clear ...