Gambling expansion does not simply recapture Massachusetts gamblers who out of state to gamble. It creates more gamblers locally.
Proximity to predatory gambling increases addiction within a 50 mile radius by double. The map below illustrates the areas of the state located within 50 miles of proposed casino locations in East Boston, Middleboro and Palmer.
The costs of managing local increases in addicted and problem gamblers, impacts to municipalities, air and water pollution are additional reasons why USS Mass recommends in the strongest terms, that the Legislature and the Governor perform a comprehensive, balanced, data-driven, cost-benefit analysis of predatory gambling before licensing slots or casinos in the Commonwealth.