AUGUSTA — Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins has co-sponsored a proposal designed to help prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Collins said the proposal would use early intervention to address the problem of prenatal substance exposure.
She said the proposal would boost federal, state and local programs and funding for prevention efforts.
Collins said nearly a fifth of infants are potentially affected by prenatal exposure to substances, such as alcohol and drugs, every year.
She said the legislation would create a national advisory council that would include parents, professional organizations, advocates and experts.