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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 19, 2003

UI Study Invites People With Gambling Problems

Some form of legalized gambling now exists in every state except Hawaii and Utah. Most adults gamble responsibly but with this proliferation, more people are developing pathological gambling -- gambling that is out of control and leads to personal distress and/or marital, legal and financial difficulties.

Individuals with this problem are invited to participate in a University of Iowa Health Care treatment study. The study will examine the effectiveness of the drug bupropion in treating pathological gambling. Some participants may receive a placebo (inactive medication).

Participants must be age 18 or older and cannot be depressed or abusing alcohol or drugs. Participants must be able to read and write English. Women must not be pregnant or planning to get pregnant during the study period.

Study participation involves a total of nine visits to the UI over three months. The first visit includes a physical examination. The follow-up visits involve assessment of the participant's gambling and other problems as well as a discussion of the medication and its side effects. Compensation will be provided.

The study, which received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, is being led by Donald W. Black, M.D., UI professor of psychiatry.

For more information, contact Tim Holman, research assistant in psychiatry at (319) 335-6769 or, or contact UI Health Access toll-free at (800) 777-8442 and ask to speak to Tim Holman.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

CONTACTS: (media) Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660

OTHER INFORMATION: This release originally was distributed Nov. 20, 2002. The study still is open to participants. Dr. Black is available for interviews about pathological gambling.