ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has received a $5.7 million grant to help fight fetal alcohol syndrome, Sen. Ted Stevens' office said Thursday.
Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the nation -- at least four times the national average.
The money was earmarked by the senator in the Fiscal Year 2000 appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services. It has been released to the state health agency.
The grant will pay for the first year of a five-year project that the federal government has said it will fund. The project hopes to help communities carry out prevention, intervention and treatment of women at risk of having a fetal alcohol syndrome baby.
''That means a total of almost $30 million available to our state to help combat FAS in our state over the next five years,'' Stevens said in a statement.
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