University of Maryland med school gets $5M problem gambling grant

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      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland School of Medicine says it has received a $5 million grant from the state to create a problem gambling center.

      The university made the announcement Thursday. The center is being called a first of its kind in the state.

      A telephone helpline service to refer problem gamblers to treatment and a public awareness campaign are planned by the new center.

      Two annual statewide conferences, eight regional conferences and webinars to create a statewide network of health providers to help problem gamblers are also planned.

      Maryland residents will be voting in November on proposals to add table games to slots parlors and a new casino site in Prince George's County.