Problem gamblers are a hidden population among people with mental health or substance abuse issues who often don’t get the treatment they need, a new study shows.

Anywhere from 10 to 20 per cent of people with substance abuse problems also have significant gambling problem, yet few programs are targeted at them and most social service agencies don’t have funds to treat them, the study’s main author says.

Dr. Flora Matheson, a research scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health, with colleagues from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, conducted a review of existing literature on drug use and problem gambling.

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