Vaupel aims to increase awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

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State Rep. Hank Vaupel

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Handy Township, introduced a resolution to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the state of Michigan on Tuesday, Sept. 25 2018.

Vaupel delivered a speech on the House floor during today’s session in support of his resolution, stating FASDs are entirely preventable and he hopes all citizens will increase their knowledge of the effects of fetal alcohol exposure as well as their level of compassion for those affected by the disorders.

“FASDs pose a serious threat to the health of our children – the most important resource in our state,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “We must do all we can to reduce instances of fetal alcohol exposure and increase awareness about its devastating effects.”

FASDs incidence rate is estimated at two to five out of every 100 live births. The U.S. Surgeon General warns there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy.

For more information about FASDs, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.

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