Study Puts to Rest Myths Surrounding “Crack Babies”
Date:  08-20-2014

No significant differences found in children who were exposed to crack in-utero and those in control group
'Crack baby' study ends with unexpected but clear result

By Susan FitzGerald, For The Inquirer

POSTED: JULY 22, 2013

Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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 preschooler, 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.

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