(Harrisburg) — The heads of two state agencies are joining forces to advise women of the dangers of drinking while pregnant.
The Departments of Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Programs are joining with the ARC of Pennsylvania to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, or FASD.
A child can be born with the disorder if a woman consumes alcohol while pregnant.
Acting Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith echoes medical experts in saying there is no such thing as a safe amount of alcohol.
“I urge you to take the steps necessary to avoid the risk of FASD by avoiding alcohol during pregnancy. A drink is not worth the lifelong effects of this disorder,” she said.
Children with FASD suffer from a number of conditions, including, brain damage, learning disabilities, and difficulty interacting and socializing with others.