Gambling, smoking and drinking alcohol are legal in Iowa. But, even so, there is a problem with addictive behavior tied to these activities and substances.
More people are addicted to nicotine and alcohol than to any other drugs of abuse in the United States. In addition, two million adults are estimated to meet the criteria for pathological gambling and another 4-6 million would be considered problem gamblers.
This episode of The Iowa Journal examines legal addictions. Host Jeneane Beck discusses the top issues with Arthur Schut, president and CEO of the Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse; and Mark VanderLinden, M.S.W., coordinator of the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program at the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The episode also includes a visit to the University of Iowa to look at the school’s alcohol prevention efforts, and comments by Angela Reams, director of Student Services Relations, University of Iowa.
Kay Henderson, news director of Radio Iowa, joins Jeneane Beck for an analysis of Iowa News. They discuss Iowa legislative activity including pay increases for the governor and other state officials, expanding public sector bargaining rights, and the state's open record laws. (27:46)