"Meth Babies"


"The newer hype about so-called 'meth babies' is similarly unjustified. In 2005, a national expert panel reviewed published studies concerning the developmental effects of methamphetamine and related drugs and concluded that 'the data regarding illicit methamphetamine are insufficient to draw conclusions concerning developmental toxicity in humans.'n20 In that same year more than 90 leading medical doctors, scientists, psychological researchers, and treatment specialists released an open letter requesting that 'policies addressing prenatal exposure to methamphetamines and media coverage of this issue be based on science, not presumption or prejudice.' These experts warned that terms such as 'meth babies' lack medical and scientific validity and should not be used."


Paltrow, Lynne and Jack, Katherine, "Pregnant Women, Junk Science, and a Zealous Defense," The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York, NY: May 2010).