Tsawwassen First Nation may get casino, despite addiction risk

CTV News interviewed Luke Clark, a psychologist at UBC’s centre for Gambling Research, for a story on the connection between gambling addiction and casino locations.

The Tsawwassen First Nation may soon be the third local government in the Lower Mainland to show interest in a new casino.

“We think about problem gambling as a form of behavioural addiction,” Clark said. “It’s a compulsive condition associated with withdrawal, and it causes a range of different negative consequences on a person. Around the world there is a lot of data that problem gambling incidence is higher nearer to gambling venues.”