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Events:

November 6-8, 2019: The 8th Annual FASD Conference: Opening Doors to a Brighter Future; Prior Lake, MN. Learn more and register here.

April 22-25, 2020: 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASDVancouver, BC, Canada. Learn more and register here

Recordings: Access previous webinars and recorded resources here

Recent Articles and Resources:

  •  New Online Trainings on Alcohol-Free Pregnancy: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy announce the availability of free online courses for healthcare professionals on the prevention, identification, and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs):

Training Courses (Continuing education credit available):

  • FASD Primer for Healthcare Professionals 
  • Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies 
  • Diagnostic Overview of FASDs: Recognition and Referral 
  • Implementing Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Clinical Practice 
  • Interprofessional Collaborative Practice as a Model for Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies

Brief Supplemental Learnings (approximately 5 minute videos):

  • How to Begin a Conversation about Alcohol Use 
  • Making a Referral for an FASD Assessment: How to Talk with Families 

  • A recent study estimates that each year approximately 630,000 babies are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), and that each of these cases require an average of $23,000 per year in care.  

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a final recommendation statement on screening and behavioral counseling interventions to reduce unhealthy alcohol use in adolescents and adults. The Task Force found that clinicians should screen all adults for unhealthy alcohol use and offer brief counseling to those who drink above recommended limits.

  • 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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