American Indian Tribes are commissioning the first study on problem gambling, after more than a decade of compulsive gambling in New Mexico. The industry-funded organization behind the commission request, the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico is financing has taken this step in an attempt to better understand the issue they are seeking to combat.
The study will examine gambling behavior among adolescents and adults across New Mexico with a focus on economically vulnerable populations. It is being carried out by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
A 2006 study of problem gambling in New Mexico estimated as many as 15,000 women and 24,000 men had compulsive or pathological behavior.
In the 1990s, New Mexico legalized slot machines at tribal casinos, horse-racing track, and veterans and fraternal clubs.