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News and Updates

Upcoming Events:

November 8-9, 2018: Conference in Minnesota- MOFAS' 7th annual FASD matters conference. Find more information and register here

November 14, 2018: NOFAS' Celebrate FASD Champions event in Washington, DC. Find more information here.  

Recordings: Access previous webinars and recorded resources here

Recent Articles and Resources:

  • The CDC has published a new fact sheet on alcohol and opioids, to introduce health departments and health care providers to alcohol screening and brief intervention and to discuss its usefulness in helping excessive drinkers drink less when they have been prescribed an opioid pain reliever or stop drinking altogether while using these medications.

  • The CDC recently launched a new alcohol portal to increase awareness of the health effects of excessive alcohol use. It provides one-stop access to all of CDC’s alcohol prevention related information.  

  • A recent article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that 37 million Americans binge drink and 88,000 Americans die annually related to excessive drinking.

  • ACOG has created NEW tools for ob-gyns to help navigate the reimbursement codes related to FASD prevention:

Coding Basics Guide for Prevention of FASDs 
FASD Coding Quick Reference Table
FASD Maternal Codes Table
FASD Infant Codes Table 

  • A recent JAMA study suggests that the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) is much higher than previously believed. Estimates of the number of children in the US impacted by fetal alcohol exposure range from about 1 in 100 to 1 in 10, higher than the number of children with Autism. 

  • "Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders Need Health Care, Not Incarceration"- ACOG released a joint statement with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), March of Dimes and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) in response to the policy instituted by the Big Horn County Attorney’s Office in Montana to prosecute and incarcerate pregnant women for drug/alcohol use. 

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