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‘Crack baby’ study ends with unexpected but clear result

See on Scoop.itDrugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice

Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development – gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a prechooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine.

Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.

Did cocaine harm the long-term development of children like Jaimee, who were exposed to the drug in their mother’s womb?

The researchers had expected the answer would be a resounding yes. But it wasn’t. Another factor would prove far more critical….

 

Julian Buchanan‘s insight:

A great example of policy driven by punitive populist ideology rather than rooted in scientific evidence and specialist experience … and with terrible consequences for the children and their parents.

Interesting use of science technology (IQ & MRI Scans) as evidence. Currently being used in USA and beyond as evidence that ‘addiction’ is a brain disease.

See on articles.philly.com

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