The Moment of Nines


 September is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness month.  Every year since 1999,  churches have helped raise awareness by symbolically ringing church bells to recognize the nine months a pregnant woman should abstain from alcohol use in an event called "The Moment of Nines".  This name comes from the ringing of the bells during the ninth minute,  of the ninth hour,  on the ninth day,  and during the ninth month (09/09/11 at 9:09 am). 

This year,  the Trehab D&A Prevention Department,  with the assistance of the Lackawanna/Susquehanna County Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs and a few Susquehanna County Churches will be ringing bells in what we hope will be an annual event. 
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)  are a group of conditions that can occur in a  person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.  It is estimated that 1 in 9 pregnant women reported alcohol use during pregnancy,  resulting in nearly 50,000 children being born each year with FASD.  Statistics for Susquehanna County are extremly limited,  but Trehab Drug and Alcohol staff members and the Lackawanna/Susquehanna County Office of Drug and Alchol Programs are hoping to raise awareness of this 100% preventable but  O% curable disorder. 
For more information on FASD and "The Moment of Nines" event,  please call Andrew Granick,  Trehab Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist at 278-5237 or Marcia Borosh,  Administrative Assistant with the Lackawanna/Susquehanna County Office of Drug and  Alcohol Programs at 278-1000.

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