Crack Babies - The Epidemic That Wasn't

Jan 26, 2009 | Posted by: Know4life | Full story: www.nytimes.com

When the use of crack cocaine became a nationwide epidemic in the 1980s and ’90s, there were widespread fears that prenatal exposure to the drug would produce a generation of severely damaged children. Newspapers carried headlines like “Cocaine: A Vicious Assault on a Child,” “Crack’s Toll Among Babies: A Joyless View” and “Studies: Future Bleak for Crack Babies.” But now researchers are systematically following children who were exposed to cocaine before birth, and their findings suggest that the encouraging stories of Ms. H.’s daughters are anything but unusual. So far, these scientists say, the long-term effects of such exposure on children’s brain development and behavior appear relatively small.

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chris

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Jan 26, 2009
 
i knew someone in college that was supposed to have been born from someone who abused crack. saw no problems there i could have told these idiots that myself. in fact she may have went on to get her masters if i'm not mistaken.

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Jan 26, 2009
 
Go green

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Jan 27, 2009
 
I would just say that the kids are more prone to do the drugs themselves when they get older. It doesn't mean they will, but its more likely they will.

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Jan 27, 2009
 
Do not mistake drugs severly affect the fetus, alcohol is a drug. Some, God Blessed, are fine, and some who are born of mothers that have abused drugs are far from fine.

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Jan 27, 2009
 
Seems to me these babies are born addicted, they
have to suffer withdrawal, that's at the very least.
Rotten_Apple wrote:
Do not mistake drugs severly affect the fetus, alcohol is a drug. Some, God Blessed, are fine, and some who are born of mothers that have abused drugs are far from fine.

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Jan 27, 2009
 
Crack and Pregnancy:
increased incidence of still births
increased incidence of miscarriages
premature (often fatal) labor and delivery

in males, the cocaine in crack may attach to the sperm causing damage to the cells of the fetus.
babies exposed to coke experience painful and life threatening withdrawal, are irritable, have poor ability to regulate their own body temperature and blood sugar and are at increased risk of having seizures.

Effects of Crack on the Fetus:

seizures or strokes
cerebral palsy
mental retardation
vision and hearing impairments
urinary tract abnormalities
autism and learning disabilities
Matthew

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Jan 27, 2009
 
chris wrote:
i knew someone in college that was supposed to have been born from someone who abused crack. saw no problems there i could have told these idiots that myself. in fact she may have went on to get her masters if i'm not mistaken.
The "crack baby" thing was pure hysteria.

Children of crack addicted Mothers make a full recovery.

Unfortunately we can't say the same thing about the children of alcoholic Mothers.
Lonewolf

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Jan 28, 2009
 
We adopted a crack baby,other than excess irritability,no learning problems.
roofus t jonez

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Jan 28, 2009
 
iz was a crak baby iz turnd out ok
Straight-upNoBul l

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Jan 28, 2009
 
There is probably no apparent epidemic because stupid people generally beget stupid children and the only mothers giving birth to “crack babies” were stupid people.

Really – what is the substantive difference in 5 or 10 IQ points if you’re already mentally retarded?
pual

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Jan 28, 2009
 
We should have are own doctors and researchers but where is the funding gonna come from?
Straight-upNoBul l

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Jan 28, 2009
 
pual wrote:
We should have are own doctors and researchers but where is the funding gonna come from?
Ohhhh brilliant a special Black doctor to tell you that smoking crack is OK.

Listen dumbass the projections were made about an epidemic with the best available information they had at the time and there was evidence that the children were born with significant effect from the drug and it was a simple projection into the future based upon the currently available information.

But yes, your probably right the big push to stop the 1980’s crack epidemic was clearly just another example of the White man trying to keep the Black man in his place.

God help you dumbass because your intelligence is subpar - even for a Brit.
Matthew

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Jan 28, 2009
 
pual wrote:
We should have are own doctors and researchers but where is the funding gonna come from?
"are own"?

But what else should I expect from someone who misspells his own four-letter name?
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Feb 9, 2009
 
I just found out my dad smokes crack and i just recently have discovered i might have some kind of mental disorder, although i do fine academically, i think him smoking crack when i was conceived might have something to do with the disorder. I have not yet spoke to my father about this and am kind of hoping it does so i can make him feel like the piece of shit that he is, so if theres anyone who thinks im right i need your backup
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Aug 15, 2012
 
chris wrote:
i knew someone in college that was supposed to have been born from someone who abused crack. saw no problems there i could have told these idiots that myself. in fact she may have went on to get her masters if i'm not mistaken.
ummm no

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