Pregnancy Tests in Bars: Alaska's Answer to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Problem
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It may seem like an unusual way to tackle the growing problem of fetal alcohol syndrome, but Alaska will soon be adding free pregnancy tests to the bathrooms of many bars and restaurants. Researchers at the University of Alaska want to see if these pregnancy test dispensers, which will include posters that warn of the dangers of drinking while pregnant, will help reduce the rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the state; Alaska has the highest known rate in the U.S. The state-funded program will begin this December.
The University of Alaska is leading a state-funded program to put free pregnancy tests in the bathrooms of 20 bars and restaurants across the state starting this December. “This is not a strategy for the chronic alcoholic who is drinking regardless of whatever message they see,” said Jody Allen Crowe, who founded a Minnesota organization that leads a similar program and is helping with the project.
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