Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention & Awareness
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) protects and promotes quality of life and the health of all Missourians throughout the life span. DHSS maintains TEL-LINK, a toll-free information and referral telephone line for maternal, child, and family health services.
Common characteristics seen among infants and children whose mothers used alcohol, tobacco or drugs during pregnancy may include: birth defects; low birth weight; small for gestational age; neurological and behavior problems; prematurity, and drug withdrawal symptoms.
Mothers who stop using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs at any time during preganncy increase the chance that their baby will be born healthy.
Health Care Providers
The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention and Awareness Program provides information for health care providers.
Brochures that address substance use in pregnancy are available at no charge through the DHSS warehouse.