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Now available: FASD state capacity building Webinar materials 

April 18, 2014

Materials from the FASD state capacity building Webinar series are now available. These Webinars:

  • Describe available FASD data sources and research to guide state-based planning and evaluation
  • Outline the five key elements to address FASD effectively at the state level
  • Discuss the development of a state-based strategic plan to address FASD prevention and treatment.

The series was sponsored by the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence in collaboration with the National Association of FASD State Coordinators (NAFSC).

Alcohol Awareness Campaign for April 

March 31, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month every April to encourage everyone to follow some simple guidelines:

  • Only drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Do not drink if you are under the legal drinking age.
  • If you are pregnant, or may become pregnant, do not drink alcohol at all. There is no known safe amount or type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.

In recognition of this month, the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence is conducting an Alcohol Awareness Campaign related to women’s health during pregnancy. Drinking at any time during a pregnancy exposes the growing fetus to alcohol. This exposure places the fetus at risk for the wide range of physical, intellectual, developmental, and behavioral problems known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Please join us in efforts to raise awareness of the risks alcohol poses to a healthy pregnancy.

Ask the Expert column: FASD: The Current Relevance of an Age-Old Problem 

March 10, 2014

In observance of March as Intellectual and Development Disabilities Month, our Ask the Expert column by Callie Gass reviews the some of the history of alcohol use in pregnancy, and the ongoing relevance of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) as a major public health concern. She answers questions about the impact of FASD, and the steps that SAMHSA and the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence are taking to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment.

Ms. Gass is the Project Director for SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence. The full column is available here.

Ask the Expert column: Article and Poll Spotlight Public Misperceptions of Drinking During Pregnancy 

February 14, 2014

In our new Ask the Expert column, Dan Dubovsky discusses a recent article on alcohol use in pregnancy written by Beverley Turner, a British journalist and mother of three. Ms. Turner candidly admits drinking alcohol during her three pregnancies. However, in response to comments from a prominent pediatrician on alcohol’s risks, she explores issues of the growing acceptance of drinking among women, even pregnant women. Results of a poll that accompanied the article spotlight common public misperceptions related to maternal alcohol use.

Mr. Dubovsky is the FASD Specialist with SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence. The full column is available here.