Follow us


An Albuquerque police officer will be among President Donald Trump’s guests at the State of the Union tonight. Officer Ryan Holets met a pregnant woman struggling with addiction on the streets last year and wound up adopting her baby. Many women are facing the same situation—and the detox and treatment options are limited.

Spots in medically supervised detox facilities are in short supply for pregnant women in New Mexico. It’s a longtime problem, and community organization Young Women United has been tackling the stigma surrounding the issue for years. Micaela Cadena is the research director there. “When Officer Holets is honored tonight, it’s a moment where in New Mexico, we can recon with our own complex state,” she said.

Heroes do walk among us, Cadena said, and they can call to the rest of us to think through how we show up for vulnerable families around us. “But also it’s a moment that talks to New Mexico’s truth.”

Local legislators were not trying to eek out more money for drug treatment for pregnant women from the super tight state budget in recent years. And there’s no legislation aimed at the problem this year, either.

But addiction has a grip on our state, Cadena said, and it’s a crucial time to find pragmatic solutions.

Credit / Sources

This story aired originally at KUNM From The University Of New Mexico. Although the story is about New Mexico’s situation, we believe the same detox issues exist in Indiana.

What is FASD? Check Out Our FASD Resource Directory Drinking & Pregnancy

Related News

Cheers to a Refreshing Summer- One Refreshing Mocktail Sip at a Time!

As the sun stretches its golden arms across the sky and the
Read More

The FASD Respect Act Passes Senate HELP Committee in The Support Reauthorization Act

The FASD Respect Act (S.1800) introduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and
Read More

Giving Tuesday – Be the Change

Indiana Alliance on Prenatal Substance Exposure is participating in Giving Tuesday today,
Read More

Reach out

We’d love to hear from you!

Please use this form to share your stories, ask questions, and build connections.

"*" indicates required fields