Saying "goodbye" to the "crack baby."
Coles, Claire D. Neurotoxicology & Teratology. Vol 15(5) Sep-Oct
Comments on D. E. Hutchings's article on the effects of prenatal cocaine
exposure and on the cocaine research that occurred during the 1980s.
Both professionals and the media were responsible for creating the "crack
baby" myth, the results of which led to the labeling of mothers
and children. There was confusion between morality and science, some
abandonment of the scientific method, and politicizing of the research
environment (i.e., professional risk for those suggesting that prenatal
effects of cocaine were exaggerated).