This year in
Tucson, Arizona...

10,812 babies will be born
Arizona Center for Health Statistics

Mama's Baby

1 of these babies will be HIV positive.
5/100,000: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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

4 of these babies will be born with Spina Bifida.
3.2/10,000: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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

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

108 babies will have Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders. 1/100: Teratology 1997 Nov;56(5):317-26

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 Tucson residents with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is estimated to be $13 million each year. 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.

Revised March 3, 2002
1999-2002 Teresa Kellerman
Fasstar Enterprises