Professor Assails Inaccurate Claim by Congressman, Encourages Responsible Internet Gambling Regulation

  • authors:

    Spencer Bachus, Jeffrey L. Derevensky
  • published in

    : 2008
  • summary

    : 2008 AUG 4 - (<> -- Dr. Jeffrey L. Derevensky, a leading professor at McGill University, contends that Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) incorrectly cited the university's research on gambling addiction in arguing for the continued prohibition on Internet gambling. Derevensky in fact believes that the regulation of online gambling is an opportunity to put in place safeguards to combat problem and underage gambling (see also <> Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative). "This assertion, which is reportedly based upon our empirical research, is not predicated upon any factual evidence," responded Derevensky in an interview with the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative. "None of the studies conducted with adolescents or college students, to the best of my knowledge, have looked at a connection between Internet wagering and suicide attempts." Derevensky raised these same concerns in a letter sent last week to Reps. Bachus and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) "It is disappointing that Rep. Bachus is using scare tactics and false claims in an attempt to justify why Congress should limit my ability to gamble online," said Jeffrey Sandman, spokesman for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative. "We are encouraged by the academic community's support of Internet gambling regulation. They emphasize the important point that consumers will be better protected if there are safeguards put in place to combat underage and problem gambling."
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : NewsRx
  • is part of a publication

    : Mental Health Weekly Digest
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 201 - end page: 202
  • keywords

    : gambling
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