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Problem Gambling Program 

The Problem Gambling Program was established to provide and support effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment programs throughout the state.

Training Opportunities

Diagnostic Statistical Criteria: Gambling Disorder

The North Carolina Problem Gambling Prevention Program is offering mini grants (up to $5000) available to middle and high schools to present Stacked Deck, the only SAMHSA approved evidence-based curriculum for problem gambling prevention among teens and young adults.  Over 40 middle and high schools in North Carolina are currently presenting the Stacked Deck curriculum. 

Scholarships are also available for teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators to receive training on the Stacked Deck curriculum during the 2015 North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies Summer School in Wilmington. Scholarships cover room and board, tuition and on-campus meals.  For more information, please contact Ashley Trantham, Prevention Coordinator at or 919-800-8482. 

Program Scope | Facilitator’s Guide

Adults ages 18-24 have a significantly higher risk of developing a gambling problem.  In order to prevent problem gambling, we are currently offering $5000 mini-grants for on-campus Prevention and Awareness Initiatives.  Ten colleges, universities, and community colleges across North Carolina are currently participating. These sites are working to raise awareness of problem gambling on their campuses, screen for problem gambling among their student populations, and seek to improve their on-campus policies as it relates to gambling among students and staff.

The Three-Tier Approach

Military and Veterans
Military personnel are more likely to develop a gambling problem than the rest of the population.  The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program is working to increase outreach to members of the military, veterans, and their families.

Information about Problem Gambling in the Military

Smith Worth
Program Administrator

Prevention Programs:
Ashley Trantham
Prevention Coordinator
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