Pregnancy test dispensers attempt to raise fetal alcohol syndrome awareness

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

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It’s not unusual to see dispensers for tampons or sanitary napkins in women’s washrooms, but at a college and a bar in Whitehorse, women can also buy pregnancy tests.

In an attempt to reduce the number of women who drink while pregnant, the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon installed three pregnancy test dispensers — two at Yukon College and one at the pub Dirty Northern Public House — in Whitehorse last year.

“What we wanted to do is change the culture around pregnancy and drinking,” said Wenda Bradley, the society’s executive director.  

It’s become normal to see young women binge drinking on a night out, but it can have severe consequences for an unborn child if the mother isn’t aware she is pregnant yet, Bradley said.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder includes a range of physical and intellectual disabilities that cannot be cured, but are preventable.

While there is no concrete national statistic on the rate of the disorder, a 2015…

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