Revisiting the ‘Crack Babies’ Epidemic That Was Not

Michele Fried

Adoption STAR Founder & CEO Michele Fried addresses how the media impacted the supposed “crack baby epidemic”.

I have worked in the adoption field for over 25 years and remember the “crack baby epidemic” as it was coined. I also remember the 90’s being a time when we have babies and birth mothers dying of AIDS. Though HIV still exists, it would be shocking to hear that a baby died because of this. While we have learned much over the years, including realizing that the media can make anything look out of proportion, cocaine, crack and other drugs used and abused during pregnancy is still putting a child at-risk for possible short-term and long term health, behavioral and cognitive challenges. The series which includes videos, does point out that alcohol, once not taken as seriously, is genuinely one substance to worry about when pregnant.

“Revisiting the ‘Crack Babies’ Epidemic That Was Not”

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