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Study of 'meth babies' finds behavior problems

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CHICAGO (AP) — The first study to look at methamphetamine’s potential lasting effects on children whose mothers used it in pregnancy finds these kids at higher risk for behavior problems than other children.

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The behavior differences — anxiety, depression, moodiness — weren’t huge, but lead researcher Linda LaGasse called them “very worrisome.”

Methamphetamine is a stimulant like crack cocaine, and earlier research showed meth babies have similarities to so-called “crack babies” — smaller in size and prone to drowsiness and stress. Results in long-term studies conflict on whether children of cocaine-using mothers have lasting behavior problems.

The study was published online Monday in Pediatrics.

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