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Prenatal cocaine exposure (PCE), theorized in the 1970s, occurs when a pregnant woman uses cocaine and thereby exposes her fetus to the drug. "Crack baby" was a term coined to describe children who were exposed to crack ( freebase cocaine in smokable form) as fetuses; the concept of the crack baby emerged in the ...


The most innocent victims of crack cocaine are babies born to mothers who use the drug during pregnancy. The March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, reports that use of cocaine in either powdered or crack form during pregnancy can affect a woman and her unborn baby in many ways.


May 20, 2013 ... Retro Report: In the 1980s, many government officials, scientists and journalists warned that the country would be plagued by a generation of “crack babies.” They were wrong.


Infants who have been exposed to smoked cocaine, or crack, during pregnancy typically show a wide spectrum of symptoms after birth, although it is not uncommon for some infants to be asymptomatic, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse. At first, many infants appear irritable. After this period, they tend to show signs of ...


May 3, 2010 ... During the 80's and 90's, the nation's health specialists panicked over the growing number of so-called "crack babies" -- children exposed to crack cocaine in utero. These children were said to be doomed to lives of physical and mental disability. But, 20 years later, many of the children who were perceived ...


Oct 18, 1990 ... Babies born to crack-addicted mothers are like no others. Brain damaged in ways yet unknown, they're oblivious to affection. What is their life like?


Jul 16, 2017 ... What the 'Crack Baby' Panic Reveals About The Opioid Epidemic. Journalism in two different eras of drug waves illustrates how strongly race factors into empathy and policy. Tricia McInroy / AP ...


Jul 25, 2013 ... A 25-year study that followed babies born to crack cocaine addicted mothers found that the children were slow to develop. What surprised the researchers was that the determining factor wasn't crack cocaine. It was poverty.


May 6, 2016 ... Dire predictions of reduced intelligence and social skills in babies born to mothers who used crack cocaine while pregnant during the 1980s—so-called " crack babies"—were grossly exaggerated. However, the fact that most of these children do not show serious overt deficits should not be overinterpreted to ...