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Bringing Problem Gambling Out From The Shadows

Experts say problem gambling is an issue that needs to be recognized and addressed in Vermont, but often remains hidden or undiscussed.

It's a big month for sports - and a huge month for gambling. The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet over 9 billion dollars on March Madness this year. That's part of why March is marked as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. We're looking at problem gambling in the state, the repercussions, and the resources available to help.

We're talking to Rick Barnett, president and founder of the Center for Addiction Recognition Treatment Education & Recovery, and from Gary Mitchell, who is currently Vermont's only certified problem-gambling counselor. We'll also hear from Peter Espenshade of The Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery.

The national problem gambling hotline is 1-800-522-4700.

Plus, a growing storage problem for Vermont police departments: Guns that are no longer needed for evidentiary purposes. Police departments say they can't destroy these guns on their own, and they're supposed to give them to the state treasurer or the Department of Public Service. But no one at the state level is taking these guns either, leaving them in limbo in overcrowded municipal evidence and storage rooms. Jane Lindholm reports on the issue. 

Broadcast live on Mon., March 21, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.