This year in Arizona

102,042 babies will be born
Arizona Center of Health Services

Mama's Baby
More babies are born with
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
than with Autism
4 or 5 of these babies will be HIV positive.
5/100,000: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

18 of these babies will be born with Spina Bifida.
20/100,000: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

28 of these babies will be born with Muscular Dystrophy.
1 in 3,200: Muscular Dystrophy Association

90 of these babies will have Down Syndrome.
1/1,000: Center for Disease Control

200 babies will have full Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
19.5 per 10,000: Natl Org. of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

800 more babies will have less obvious but just as serious Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders. 1/100: Teratology 1997 Nov;56(5):317-26

Total newborns affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol in Arizona:
1,000 babies with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

The comprehensive lifetime cost of just one baby with FAS could be as much as $5 million. FAS Community Resource Center

The cost to taxpayers for treating Arizona residents with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and related disabilities is estimated to be $142 million each year. Community Based Assessment by Dr. Larry Burd.

Annual Costs just for Special Education and Juvenile Justice in Arizona due to FASD each year is approximately $27 million.Community Based Assessment by Dr. Larry Burd.

As noted by the Institute of Medicine's 1996 Report to Congress on FAS: "These incidence figures are offered not as established facts but to emphasize the magnitude of a problem that has serious implications - for the individual and for society. " From the Executive Summary of the IOM Report.


Updated February 18, 2009
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