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Cocaine Exposure and Children: The Meaning of Subtle Effects

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Science  23 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5389, pp. 633-634
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5389.633

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Lester et al. report the results of a meta-analysis, which shows that prenatal cocaine exposure is associated with statistically significant but subtle effects on child IQ and language performance. Even these subtle effects will result in a substantial number of children annually who will need additional special education services at a considerable financial burden to society.