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´Crack baby´ scare overblown,
teen research says

Associated Press, by Lindsey Tanner

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Posted By:Ribicon, 5/27/2013 10:24:16 AM

Chicago — Research in teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s "crack baby" scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy. Some studies have linked pregnant women´s cocaine use with children´s behavior difficulties, attention problems, anxiety and worse school performance. But the effects were mostly small and may have resulted from other factors including family problems or violence, parents´ continued drug use and poverty, the researchers said. They reviewed 27 studies involving more than 5,000 11- to 17-year-olds whose mothers had used cocaine while pregnant.

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A key feature of the "crack baby" news articles was the specter of drug-damaged children with no ability to plan and no conscience, and who would just as soon harm someone as look at them.

Today, low-income, mostly black and urban neighborhoods (i.e., the study population) feature young adults who have no qualms about committing crimes of any type, often with no provocation and no thought to consequences.

Researchers remove crack from the equation (which is similar to the amphetamines used to dose kids with ADD) and are left with the usual "poverty" to explain the problem. Solution: raise taxes?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hotrod, 5/27/2013 10:41:17 AM     (No. 9347307)

When ´´research´´ meets reality, reality wins!

All one has to do is look at the inner-city gangs and the ´´Occupy´´ crowd to see that many of our young people have been damaged by crack and liberal ideology!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: southernboy, 5/27/2013 11:10:40 AM     (No. 9347349)

Crack and a steady diet of Big Macs and 40’s can’t possibly be healthy to a growing fetus. Never mind the AIDS and other STD’s.

In the final analysis it’s always ‘poverty!’ s/

Never mind the cold-blooded killers stalking the ghettos, shooting each other and anyone else in the vicinity. Never mind the IQ, which is in many cases too low to be measured. Never mind that the ambitions of the ‘youth.’…. either pro BB or cut a rap CD….and who, while waiting for that big break, subsidizes government aid by selling drugs, running crack houses or owning a crib of teen-age prostitutes. Never mind the dude whose only accomplishment in life, one he brags about, is the pollination of multiple women who apparently welcome such as a way to obtain a ‘cost-of-living´ increase to their government benefits.

It’s the poverty! Don’cha know!
What we need is ‘mo money!´

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tomishere, 5/27/2013 11:22:54 AM     (No. 9347365)



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Reply 4 - Posted by: bluefindad, 5/27/2013 1:10:14 PM     (No. 9347499)

The research may be too narrowly focused. My wife and daughter have worked for years within the school district with severely disturbed and disabled children. The majority are from fractured homes where drug use is prevalent.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: maggie2u, 5/27/2013 1:12:08 PM     (No. 9347502)

I read a blog written by a woman who has adopted two children whose mothers were drug addicts. She doesn´t go into all the problems, (including birth defects for one of them) but reading between the lines, they are having a difficult time handling them. Temper tantrums, disruptive behavior and though they home school their other natural born children have had to put these two into the public school system because they behave better with teachers than they do with her. One reason is the teachers have small classes and all the other children are also ´special ed.´
Both these children are racially mixed, white, indian and african american. Both had to be weaned from the drugs after their births.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tomishere, 5/27/2013 1:28:05 PM     (No. 9347520)

Try being poor with no future and see how well you come out. To the race obsessed the problem is the lack of any family unit with the disregard of any moral values, thank you Lyndon Johnson. Whites who grow up with the same dynamic turn out the same. The disease of parentless children keeps on growing.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MMC, 5/27/2013 1:48:41 PM     (No. 9347545)

As a teen, i did all my research papers on cocaine/crack addicted babies and fetal alcohol syndrome/affect.

Alcohol is by far the most damaging drug to a fetus development. I did these studies in medical libraries... No, not some Doogie Howser- just strong interest.


All I can so to the pro death pro aborts- what difference does it make? If the baby is just a potential life, why toke care of the developing life? It is the womans body- right?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FormerDem, 5/27/2013 2:49:46 PM     (No. 9347638)

obviously they were trying to persuade poor black women to abort, and respectable society to stand back while PP clinics got on with it. What it is, being a Democrat is dysgenic, listening to Democrats is dysgenic, reading the NYT is dysgenic - in the sense of, you´re less likely to have descendants. Give the Donks a joint Darwin Award.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/28/2013 1:00:43 AM     (No. 9348087)

Tell that to the teachers, grandparents, and adoptive parents trying to raise these babies.

These mothers have no real connection to the babies. Pop em and pass them on to somebody else.

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