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Legal Addictions: On the Monday, April 28 edition of The Iowa Journal

April 25, 2008

(Johnston, Iowa) – Monday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will explore legal addictions in Iowa—alcohol, nicotine, and gambling. The program airs Monday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, May 2 at 9:00 p.m. on statewide IPTV-Plus and will also be available online at Iptv.org.

They’re used to relax, socialize, and celebrate, and although they’re legal, use of these substances can have serious negative consequences. More people are addicted to nicotine and alcohol than to any other drugs of abuse. In purely economic terms, alcohol-related problems cost society approximately $185 billion per year according to a government report. In addition, two million adults are estimated to meet the criteria for pathological gambling and another 4-6 million can be considered problem gamblers. This episode of The Iowa Journal examines legal addictions with host Jeneane Beck. Guests for the program are 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.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146.


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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. IPTV-Digital stations include: Channel 11.1, Des Moines; Channel 12.1, Iowa City; Channel 21.1, Fort Dodge; Channel 24.1, Mason City; Channel 27.1, Sioux City; Channel 32.1, Waterloo; Channel 32.1, Council Bluffs; Channel 36.1, Red Oak; Channel 36.1, Davenport.

For immediate release:
April 25, 2008

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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