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NHS chief says loot boxes are “setting kids up for addiction” to gambling

The NHS’ mental health boss has said loot boxes are “setting kids up for addiction by teaching them to gamble”.

In a strongly-worded statement, NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch called for a crackdown on gambling addiction risks – and that would involve video game companies banning loot boxes from games children play.

The NHS confirmed the opening of a new treatment centre in response to growing concerns about addiction to gaming. This sits alongside up to 14 new NHS gambling clinics nationwide designed to address significant mental ill health linked to addiction.

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