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article imageOp-Ed: Pregnancy tests distributed like condoms in Alaska

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 16, 2014 in Odd News
Staff at the University of Alaska have started a new project which will place dispensers in women's restrooms that contain pregnancy tests. The initiative costs millions but some say it is worth it.
Many Alaskan children suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. In fact the numbers for it are the highest in the United States. The idea is to voluntarily let women test themselves and stop drinking upon finding out they are pregnant. It should be noted that the dispensers have a similar look to ones used to distribute soap, cologne or condoms. Bars will be the main focus for dispenser placement.
They use what is colloquially known (in the U.S.) as the "pee-stick" style of test. These are quite easy to use. How effective this particular program will be still needs to be tested. Some women may not care or want to find out that they are pregnant if they are already at a bar. If they have already been drinking then they may not be capable of completing the test accurately. The binge drinking that the program aims to stop may be the biggest obstacle to the program itself.
According to reports from the Anchorage Daily News the dispensers cost $800 per unit. Five thousand of these will be spread throughout the region. The installation will also come with a marketing campaign across the net and in the towns which encourages women to get tested.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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