Florida's Gambling Problem

A new report shows problem gambling costs the state $50 million a year in increased health costs, prison space and social services.

State officials are admitting to reporters that Florida hasn’t done enough to address a crisis that they say hits all of us in the pocketbook.

Michael Ramage with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement says, “It affects us because we’re paying higher insurance premiums. It affects you because you’re paying for the criminal justice system as it tries to address the issues of compulsive and problem gambling."

Several department heads, including those from Department of Juvenile Justice, Lottery and the Office of Drug Control say Florida needs a much more comprehensive gambling addiction policy.

They also want a centralized agency to oversee the issue, possibly within the Department of Health.