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Problem gamblers can now receive help in Hamburg.

The Jewish Family Service Gambling Recovery Program and Erie County Medical Center's Southern Erie Clinical Services have teamed up to offer treatment at the service's office at 4390 Quinby Drive for those affected by problem and compulsive gambling.

The new service follows the opening in March of the nearby Fairgrounds Gaming & Raceway, but there is no direct connection, according to Renee Wert, director of the program.

Rather, the agency has long wanted a Southtowns location to provide help for those affected by the "explosion" of gambling opportunities, she said Tuesday.

With the opening of additional casinos, the rising popularity of poker and sports betting and more lottery games, gambling "is now considered socially acceptable," Wert said.

Problem gamblers or their affected family members wishing to schedule an appointment should call Jewish Family Service at 883-1914 and indicate they would like to be seen at the Hamburg location.

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