Weekend Watching: The “Crack Baby” epidemic that never materialized

Weekend Watching: The “Crack Baby” epidemic that never materialized

What happens when bad science meets moral panic?

In the 1980’s government officials warned the US about an approaching epidemic of “crack babies” that would plague us for generations. That never happened, but it didn’t stop the government from cracking down on the war on drugs and incarcerating citizens at an unbelievable rate. The New York Times has a profile out critically analyzing the fear-mongering invoked by failed government attempts to regulate vice in America.

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