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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Drinking during pregnancy, for years, has been recognized as the leading cause of preventable death, birth defects and developmental disorders in babies in the United States.

For the first time in almost 15 years, Minot has a task force with a mission to get the word out about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Neuropsychologist Justin Boseck started the group 2 months ago, to get word out about preventing the disorder.

Although there are certain treatments to make symptoms of FASD less severe, once a child has it, there is no cure.

(Dr. Justin Boseck, Executive Director, "Action: FASD") "You can't treat it, like you can with some other disorders, with like a medication, or therapy, or that kind of thing. So our mission is primary prevention; getting the word out."

(Shane Gunter, "Action: FASD") "We want to create a grass roots movement in North Dakota, to where prevention is happening - not just us advocating for it. Actually doing it. And that's why we need to organize college students and community members.

He says the group has been growing rapidly, and the more members, the better.

To find out more, visit facebook.com/actionFASD, or email the task force at createaction@afasd.org.

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