State legislators, gaming regulators, public health professionals and others working in the public sphere play a significant role in addressing gambling as a public health issue.
There are several compelling reasons why public health policy and gaming regulations should be based on peer-reviewed, published scientific research:
1. Scientific research is universally acknowledged as the foundation for sound public health policy .
2. Rigorous scientific research provides a bulwark against biased, advocacy-driven research or “pseudoscience .”
3. Health insurers increasingly require the use of “evidence-based practices .”
Among the many resources offered by the ICRG Website is the publication, there is one publication geared for those in the public sphere. Click here to download “Gambling and Public Health: A Guide for Policymakers.”