INFANT AND CHILD DEVEL
INFANT AND CHILD DEVEL HDFS 3413
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Date Created: 11/01/15
Oklahoma State Senate Communications Division State Capitol Oklahoma City OK 73105 4055215774 4055215774 137 Audio Print For Immediate Release May 20 2008 Sen Charlie Laster Senate Approves Measure to Prevent DrugAlcohol Use by Pregnant Women The full Senate has given nal approval to a measure requiring all prenatal classes to provide educational materials to expectant mothers about the dangers of alcohol and drug use during pregnancy Charlie Laster is the Senate author of House Bill 2705 authored by Rep Kris Steele in the House of Representatives Alcohol use by pregnant women is the number one preventable cause of mental retardation and birth defects in our country said Laster DShawnee In Oklahoma 250 babies are born every year with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and another 1000 have Fetal Alcohol Effects We need to do a better job of warning women that no level of alcohol or drugs is safe for their unborn babies That s what this legislation will do Laster said the lifetime institutional and medical costs for one person with FAS are at least 2 million The lifetime cost of care for the 1250 babies born each year in Oklahoma with problems as a result of the mother s use of alcohol are estimated to be up to 2 billion His legislation would require all prenatal classes to teach pregnant women about the risks of drug or alcohol use during pregnancy and provide information on screening assessment intervention and referral for treatment of substance dependency The good news is that all of these materials are already available for free by the federal government so these prenatal programs won t be facing any nancial burden Laster said But more importantly I believe we can prevent needless birth defects and developmental disabilities that can keep these children from leading independent and protective lives once they become adults HB 2705 now goes to Gov Brad Henry for his signature For more information contact Sen Laster s Of ce 405 5215539 405 5215539
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