The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Task Force is working to prevent FASD

The mission of Delaware’s FASD Task Force is to provide leadership and foster effective collaboration in addressing FASD prevention and intervention statewide. This mission includes:

Financial cost of FASD

It is estimated that the annual costs for FASD in the U.S.
health care system exceeds $6 billion dollars.
In a 2002 study by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Delaware has one of the highest rates nationwide of at-risk drinking by females age 18-44, at a rate of 20%. Among teen mothers, FASD-related costs associated with babies born to teen mothers average about $2 million annually. Problems seen in these children include intellectual disability, congenital heart defects, epilepsy, ADHD, speech and language disorders, sensorineural hearing loss, cerebral palsy, autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.

Contact Information

Mike McHugh
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Mike dot McHugh at cffde dot org
Catherine Townsend
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Catherine dot Townsend at aetna dot com

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