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PROBLEM: Gambling addiction. Stock picture

PROBLEM: Gambling addiction. Stock picture

PROBLEM: Gambling addiction. Stock picture

We hear a lot about the need for 'joined-up thinking' in our public services; indeed, we hear so much about it, the phrase has become one of these cliches that are thrown around when people have nothing much to say.

Sometimes what they mean by 'joined-up thinking' can better be described simply as 'thinking'. But it does exist in its original form in certain areas, and it came to my attention recently when I heard that it is not uncommon now for a drug addict to pay their dealer by lodging money to the dealer's online betting account.

In normal circumstances, you can go into a betting office and hand your cash over the counter, which is then credited to your internet account.