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Expanding the Neighborhood: Providing a Medical Home for Alcohol Exposure
Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP
(April 24, 2018)
The father had tears in his eyes as he described giving his partner, who was battling addiction, alcohol to drink while she was pregnant with their son, George. He hoped it would be enough to convince her not to leave in search of drugs and live on the streets.
"I figured the beers were better than her shooting up heroin or smoking K-9," he said, referring to forms of opiates she craved. "At least she would be home, and I could make sure she was eating too. I never thought alcohol was bad for the baby."