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Image  of human embryoBetter Safe Than Sorry: Preventing a Tragedy
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Why Teach Middle and High School Students about FAS?  

 

Why Teach Middle and High School Students about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Other Alcohol-Related Birth Defects?

 

Maternal alcohol abuse results in irreversible emotional, mental and physical damage in approximately 50,000 U.S. newborns per year. (http://www.nofas.org, 2004)

 


These alcohol-related birth defects affect all races and socio-economic groups.

 


The annual cost estimates for FAS and related conditions in the U.S. is estimated to be as much as $7.8 billion. (Addiction Biology, Vol.9, No.2, 2004)

 

FAS and other alcohol-related birth defects are 100% preventable.

 

Middle and high school students need to be taught about this issue as they make their life-style choices.