Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the technical term for a range of effects that can occur in children exposed to alcohol during fetal development. FASD is preventable, yet it affects more infants in the United States than spina bifida, down syndrome and muscular dystrophy combined.
In Pennsylvania, September has been designated as FASD Awareness Month.
DDAP participates in the Pennsylvania FASD Task Force, a group of experts, concerned citizens and other stakeholders working together to prevent FASD and advance care for people living with FASD. To underscore the importance of the zero-alcohol message, DDAP sent more than 3,000 baby bottles containing an FASD prevention message to OB/GYN offices and other providers serving pregnant women for distribution to patients throughout the commonwealth.
For more information on FASD, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/index.html.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs