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(KREM Spokane)   Just like we always suspected, new research into the 'crack baby' hysteria of the 1980s reveals that despite the hype at the time it's perfectly fine to smoke crack while you're pregnant   (krem.com) divider line 15
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2013-05-27 09:14:50 AM
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Crack isn't the serious danger to the unborn fetus that popular news trumpeted. It's the alcohol that goes along with most crack addicts habits.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is destroying some isolated communities, and is akin to an epidemic in middle and upper class America.

The difference between being born addicted to crack and recovering after a week or being born with part of your brain dissolved by alcohol is significant, yet you can almost hear the middle class pregnent moms trash talking crack addicts while sipping on "just a couple" glasses of wine.
2013-05-27 09:32:50 AM
2 votes:
'Crack baby' scare overblown, teen research says

Yeah, like I'm going to trust research done by a bunch of teens!
2013-05-27 09:22:35 AM
2 votes:

kimmygibblershomework: Is it April 1st again?  Nope.  Sorry.  Using drugs during pregnancy CAN cause harmful side effects at birth.  My aunt who still works in daycare can provide many CSBs.  I mean if cigarettes can stunt its growth and development, then crack COCAINE is just pocket lint, right?

/Going to spend Memorial Day in confusion.


News Flash:  Different drugs have different physiological effects.  Just because a drug is legal, doesn't mean it is less harmful in all situations.  It IS quite possible that cigarettes are more damaging to fetal development than crack cocaine and according to this research, this seems to be true.
2013-05-27 02:36:40 AM
2 votes:
Media sensationalism and complicity in the war on drugs -NO WAY!
2013-05-27 02:48:17 PM
1 votes:

Mrs.Sharpier: Greylight: Crack isn't the serious danger to the unborn fetus that popular news trumpeted. It's the alcohol that goes along with most crack addicts habits.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is destroying some isolated communities, and is akin to an epidemic in middle and upper class America.

The difference between being born addicted to crack and recovering after a week or being born with part of your brain dissolved by alcohol is significant, yet you can almost hear the middle class pregnent moms trash talking crack addicts while sipping on "just a couple" glasses of wine.

I have to say that I believe an occasional glass of wine or beer is okay during pregnancy. But I also disagree with your sentiment because the studies of FAS were done on women with full blown alcoholism. They were also deficient in vital nutrients. My point is that "crack baby" myths and FAS scares are designed to communicate the worst case scenario to pregnant women. And maybe it should be that way, maybe a lot of women don't have access to adequate prenatal care or education. Those women should be scared to do anything remotely risky. But all behaviors are likely to become propaganda for whomever has an agenda.


You may want to do some more research into this. There is no safe amount of alcohol at any time of pregnancy. Period. Your folksy wisdom is part of the problem. There is no way to tell what particular drink and when will do damage, so it is always a degree of Russian roulette. You may have 50 chambers in the gun or 6 depending on the circumstances, but you are always taking a risk. I'm not at all sure why you think no one has looked into small amounts of alcohol used during pregnancy, other than justifying to yourself someone's own alcohol use during pregnancy. I may not be an expert on FASD but I slept with one last night.
2013-05-27 11:06:41 AM
1 votes:

Greylight: Crack isn't the serious danger to the unborn fetus that popular news trumpeted. It's the alcohol that goes along with most crack addicts habits.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is destroying some isolated communities, and is akin to an epidemic in middle and upper class America.

The difference between being born addicted to crack and recovering after a week or being born with part of your brain dissolved by alcohol is significant, yet you can almost hear the middle class pregnent moms trash talking crack addicts while sipping on "just a couple" glasses of wine.


I have to say that I believe an occasional glass of wine or beer is okay during pregnancy. But I also disagree with your sentiment because the studies of FAS were done on women with full blown alcoholism. They were also deficient in vital nutrients. My point is that "crack baby" myths and FAS scares are designed to communicate the worst case scenario to pregnant women. And maybe it should be that way, maybe a lot of women don't have access to adequate prenatal care or education. Those women should be scared to do anything remotely risky. But all behaviors are likely to become propaganda for whomever has an agenda.
2013-05-27 09:47:10 AM
1 votes:
I don't understand the popularity of crack.
If you want to be nervous and jittery, go to work.
2013-05-27 09:39:08 AM
1 votes:

Red Shirt Blues: TappingTheVein: Red Shirt Blues: My Brother and sil adopted a crack baby. The birth mother was also an alcoholic. To be frank, the kid just turned 18 and has developed into a full fledged Frankenstein

Sounds more like FAS than crack related.

Well......the doctors and therapists pointed out which physical symptoms and behaviors went with which.


Not saying you are wrong, but they might have been.  For centuries doctors have linked physical characteristics with mental disorders/deficiencies and for the most part all we got from it was a huge pile of confirmation bias.  It's amusing but often frightening to read the medical accounts of doctors through history to the modern day.  There are so many examples of doctors expressing their own prejudices as observations of the links between physical characteristics and mental capabilities that without actual proof (such as genetic testing which can confirm Downs syndrome and the associated physical characteristics) any claim of 'This physical thing indicates that behavioral thing' raises red flags for me.
2013-05-27 09:26:13 AM
1 votes:

kimmygibblershomework: Is it April 1st again?  Nope.  Sorry.   Using drugs during pregnancy CAN cause harmful side effects at birth.


I'm not taking anyone seriously if the use a catch-all term like "drugs" when talking about effects.  Do you understand the huge range of substances that that word covers?
2013-05-27 09:13:36 AM
1 votes:
They are alive and they vote... which explains a lot these days.
2013-05-27 09:09:38 AM
1 votes:

Red Shirt Blues: My Brother and sil adopted a crack baby. The birth mother was also an alcoholic. To be frank, the kid just turned 18 and has developed into a full fledged Frankenstein


Sounds more like FAS than crack related.
2013-05-27 08:53:49 AM
1 votes:
My Brother and sil adopted a crack baby. The birth mother was also an alcoholic. To be frank, the kid just turned 18 and has developed into a full fledged Frankenstein. Scans of her brain show abnormalities in development. She is about 6ft and 200 lbs, violently inclined, quick tempered and extremely manipulative. She has assaulted both my Brother and sil, kicked down doors, dented cars with her fists and feet whilst on a rampage and vanishes for a few days at a time to go on drinking/sex binges. She has been committed a couple of times and is on heavy meds to help he mood swings and anger. She did finish high school at a special school for the mentally farked up but I doubt she will ever get a job.

So there is something to this myth. The doctors they work with see it all the time with these now adult crack baby kids. The one in question is involved in a life long study.
2013-05-27 08:27:29 AM
1 votes:
I heard it was a debunked myth in high-school during the 90's
2013-05-27 04:57:29 AM
1 votes:
AND we can thank Charles Krauthammer for this myth, which has been debunked for decades.
2013-05-27 03:24:16 AM
1 votes:
Yeah, I hate to sound like a shill for the anti-drug movement, but I have a hard time believing that smoking crack while pregnant is anything but a catastrophic plan.
 
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