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      Toledo Pledge blots out gambling problem

      Community leaders signed the Toledo Pledge to help gambling addicts on Aug. 13.

      With the opening of Ohio's first casinos this year, elected officials and community leaders are now joining forces to help those with gambling problems.

      The Toledo Pledge utilitizes city and county experts as resources for people addicted to gambling, as well as support for families. Members of the religious community, social services and law enforcement signed the pledge at a launch event on Monday.

      Leaders recognize the economic boom that the new Hollywood Casino has brought to the area, but they are also concerned about the 5 to 7 percent of the casinos patrons thought to be problem gamblers.

      "The Toledo Pledge is all about informing citizens in our workplace or in our neighborhoods or in our churches that if they realize they have some of the symptoms of problem gambling that they can get help." said Tina Skeldon-Wozniak (D), Lucas County Commissioner.

      If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, you can call the United Way at 2-1-1 or the Lucas County Mental Health Board.