Greene County commissioners proclaimed the month of September Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month. The proclamation is designed to raise awareness about the disorder, an umbrella term describing a range of mental, physical, learning and social/emotional behavioral disabilities and birth defects directly resulting from alcohol use during pregnancy. It is estimated that up to 1 in 20 U.S. schoolchildren may have FASD, and about 40,000 babies are born with effects of prenatal alcohol exposure annually. From left are Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader, Tracie Sypin, drug and alcohol services prevention specialist, Commissioner Blair Zimmerman and Kira Sisk, director of drug and alcohol programs for Greene County Human Services.
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