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Study shows 'crack baby' phenomenon is biased
CHICAGO — The “crack
baby” phenomenon is
overblown, according to a study
that suggests poverty and the use
of cigarettes, alcohol and other
drugs while pregnant are just as
likely as cocaine to cause devel
opmental problems in children.
Blaming such problems on
prenatal cocaine use alone has
unfairly stigmatized children,
creating an unfounded fear in
teachers that "crack kids” will be
backward and disruptive,
according to the study, an analy
sis erf 36 previous studies.
“I'm not trying to be
Pollyanna-ish and say there are
not problems with cocaine use
by pregnant women,” said Dr.
Deborah A. Frank, an associate
professor of pediatrics at Boston
University who led the analysis.
“I’m saying there are many
more serious risks to children’s
The analysis appears in
Wednesday’s lournal of the
American Medical Association.
The perception that crack
babies are a unique phenome
non stems from an overreaction
to research that did not ade
quately take into account such
factors as family environment
and cocaine mothers’ use of
other substances while preg
nant, the researchers said.
Women who use cocaine
while pregnant often smoke,
drink, take other illegal drugs
and live in poverty or otherwise
unhealthy environments.
These factors can explain all
or some of the problems once
solely blamed on cocaine’s pre
sumed effects on the developing
fetus, such as low birth weight,
small head size, low scores on
mental-development tests and
behavioral problems such as
attention deficits, the
researchers said.
Alan Leshner, director of the
National Institute on Drug
Abuse, said that while
researchers believed the effects
of prenatal cocaine exposure “are
not nearly as dramatic as people
initially thought,” the study
should not be misinterpreted to
suggest that cocaine during
pregnancy wasn’t harmful.
“Most of the effects are
thought to be on behavioral
characteristics, most of which
won’t be apparent until kids are
getting older,” Leshner said.
Whether prenatal cocaine
use can cause developmental
problems that do not appear
until after age six or at puberty is
being studied.
In an accompanying editori
al, Dr. Wendy Chavkin of
Columbia University said the
crack baby “has become a con
venient symbol for an aggressive
war on drug users because of the
implication that anyone who is
selfish enough to irreparably
damage a child for the sake of a
quick high deserves retribution.”
“This image, promoted by
die mass media, makes it easier
to advocate a simplistic, punitive
response than to address the
complex causes of drug use,” she
The JAMA study follows last
week’s Supreme Court ruling
barring public hospitals from
testing pregnant women for
drugs and giving the results to
police without consent. That
case involved a South Carolina
hospital’s now-abandoned drug
testing policy, designed to stop
pregnant women from harming
fetuses by using crack. It resulted
in 30 arrests.
Frank was among doctors
and medical groups, including
the American Medical
Association, who filed briefs
opposing the drug-testing policy.
Pharmacologist John A.
Harvey, co-editor of a 1997 New
York Academy of Sciences report
that linked prenatal cocaine
exposure with subtle neurologi
cal damage, said Frank’s review
, muddled science with politics.
MThey play up the problems
of tobacco and alcohol very
appropriately... and then they
say, ‘Well, cocaine is no worse,"’
Tm not trying to be Poltyanna-ish and say there
are not problems with cocaine use by pregnant
Dr. Deborah A, Frank
Boston University associate professor of pediatrics
said Harvey, of MCP
Hahnemann University in
Philadelphia. "Well, that makes it
pretty bad.”
Smoking and drinking during
pregnancy have been linked to
developmental and behavioral
problems in children.
Animal studies suggest
cocaine use alone in pregnancy
hampers nerve cell development
in the fetal brain, resulting in
behavioral problems that get
worse with age, Harvey said.
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Near new 3 BR townhouse for rent Available in
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Three plus one bedrooms, two baths, two family
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5 minutes from downtown. $1100.474-2024
Walk to campus. Large remodeled 2 bedroom.
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2410 Vine. $425.432-6476.
Walk to campus. Large, remodeled 1 bedroom.
Washer/dryer, central air. $375/month. 2410
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1 bedroom newly remodeled 2726 W Street,
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