AUGUSTA — With two casinos and a state-sanctioned lottery in operation in Maine, the state is about to hold its first conference on problem gambling.

The Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services will host the conference Thursday in Waterville. It is being held during National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 3-9.

Also participating will be the Maine Gambling Control Board, the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, Hollywood Casino and Oxford Casino. Organizers hope the conference will raise awareness about problem gambling and promoting responsible gaming.

Maine native Lesa Densmore will be the keynote speaker. Densmore will speak about her struggles and how she overcame the addiction and lives successfully in recovery. Other sessions will focus on the integrated response to gambling concerns in Maine.

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