44) The crack baby
was supposed to suffer not only from medical complications but also irreversible neurological damage that warped his character.
Also see Fitzgerald, Crack Baby
Fears May Have Been Overstated: Children of Cocaine Abusing Mothers Are No Worse Off Than Others in Urban Poverty Study Says, The Washington Post, Sept.
The image of the crack baby
-- trembling in a tiny hospital bed, permanently brain damaged, and on his way to becoming a parasitic criminal -- seems indelibly etched in the American psyche.
By creating these travesties of cuteness we are attempting to loosen the aesthetic's grip on an imagination hungry for images closer to the harsh realities of the current day, an era of the latchkey kid, the two-career family, the single-parent household, the crack baby
, and the less-than-innocent, drug-running sixth-grader with a beeper in one pocket and a .
The program not only costs less |than birth control pills~, but saves an incredible amount of money when it comes to the hospital costs for an unwanted crack baby
born to an addict who could have opted for a Norplant implant.
Once the crack baby
reaches the neonatal intensive care unit or the gunshot/knifing victim reaches the emergency department, it's a bit late for the health system to compensate for our inability to control illegal drug use or our failure to adopt meaningful gun control.
No preschool can single-handedly turn a crack baby
into a college graduate, but there are plenty of things it -an do.
She said: "She was born a crack baby
and actually lived in a crack house and suffered a lot of abuse.
To quench their thirst, waiters were on hand with potent Crack Baby
cocktails - a mix of vodka, passion fruit, Chambord raspberry liqueur and champagne - or fine Brut Reserve Pol Roger champagne.