Prenatal cocaine exposure linked to adolescents engaging in sex by age 15 — ScienceDaily

Posted: July 10, 2015 in Bad Science, health
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Prenatal cocaine exposure linked to adolescents engaging in sex by age 15 — ScienceDaily.

BULLSHIT ALERT

This smacks of bad science.  While the causal implication here is that prenatal cocaine exposure CAUSES offspring to subsequently engage in early sex, but common sense suggests an alternative explanation:  Any mother who uses cocaine while pregnant is highly irresponsible, and likely to be a poor mother.  Either she is young and ignorant and/or older, irresponsible, and maybe addicted.  These underlying factors are far more likely to result in neglectful parenting and teens that lack supervision, guidance, and acquire most of their knowledge from the streets, thereby socially maturing quicker and engaging in sex at an earlier age.

I am not a fan of coke and have little knowledge of it, but anyone who snorts an unknown powder, obtained on the streets, is a little less risk averse than others who are more cautious.  Sure, it can be tested orally and an experienced user can detect cocaine in it, but what ELSE has it been cut with?  THAT can cause more harm than cocaine.

When I grew up, there were teen societal strata– there were the “good kids”, then there were those that smoked cigarettes, perceived as more “fringe” or tough boys/girls who thought smoking was cool.  Then, there were kids who stole parents’ liquor or acquired beer from older kids.  The next level above that were the kids that smoked pot– now were into “drugs”, and a whole new level of “badness”.  The next level above that were the kids that abused prescription drugs, usually stolen from parents.  And lastly, there were the extremes– those that used coke, crack, heroin, meth, and likely something else that I’ve failed to mention.  There were other social behaviors that accompanied these levels, and quality of parenting was often deeply intertwined.

Remember:  CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSALITY

AuntieBS

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