HARRISBURG – March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and the Wolf Administration wants to make known the availability of treatment and recovery services and encourage health care providers to screen clients for problem gambling. Josh Ercole, Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA , says calls to their problem gambling helpline is seeing more calls. He said over the past year, the number of calls for help in 2021 more than doubled than in 2019 and 2020 with the age of those calling being much younger. Sports betting and online gambling are the most problematic types of gambling they are participating in. PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Problems Secretary Jen Smith commented that gambling, even through legal avenues, becomes a problem when persons develop strained relationships with loved ones, borrow money, miss school, work or other obligations in order to gamble, or gamble to experience a high. Persons in need of compulsive or problem gambling treatment can call PA’s helpline at 1-800-GAMBLER, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to connect callers with local resources to help in their community.