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Program on drug use, pregnancy offered

August 30th, 2012 4:17 am by staff report

ROGERSVILLE — Carla Saunders, a registered nurse from the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, will present a program titled “Drug Use During Pregnancy” sponsored by the Stand in the Gap Coalition. It will be one of many upcoming programs brought to Rogersville and Hawkins County communities by the coalition.

“Everyone is invited to attend this free program, but obviously women in the childbearing years, teen to adult, would be best served,” said spokeswoman Alice Snodgrass.

The program will take place at the Rogersville Middle School auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. Drug use during pregnancy can place the unborn baby at risk for immediate and lifelong concerns ranging from growth problems and developmental delays to behavioral, emotional and learning problems.

Some babies of addicted mothers are born addicted and can go through withdrawals the same as an adult. This can cause severe medical problems and even death in the infant. For more information about the program, contact Snodgrass at (423) 272-6648.

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