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    Article Critique/Substance Exposure & Neonates

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    A 15 page research paper that offers critique, which examines the research study conducted by Lester, et al (2002), which is part of a prospective longitudinal multi-site investigation into the effects of prenatal cocaine and/or opiate exposure on the neurological developmental outcomes of term and pre-term infants at one month of age. The report first summarizes the information given by the researchers about the significance and scope of this problem. Then the various section of the study are summarized and discussed. This includes section on the methodology that was employed, the research findings, and discussion of the implications of the research. Also included in this report is a literature review of relevant studies that pertain to this topic. This critique concludes with a summation of the implications for further research, as well as the implications for social work. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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    of prenatal cocaine and/or opiate exposure on the neurological developmental outcomes of term and pre-term infants at one month of age. The report first summarizes the information given by the  researchers about the significance and scope of this problem. Then the various section of the study are summarized and discussed. This includes section on the methodology that was employed, the  research findings, and discussion of the implications of the research. Also included in this report is a literature review of relevant studies that pertain to this topic. This critique concludes  with a summation of the implications for further research, as well as the implications for social work. Introduction Lester, et al (2002) introduce their study by outlining the parameters of  the problem, which is that substance abuse constitutes a major public health hazard that currently not only affects the lives of millions of children, but also places enormous financial and  social burdens on society as a whole. The authors go on to outline the enormity of this problem, citing statistics that indicate the depth and breadth of this social ill.  The researcher state that eleven percent of children (8.3 million) live with at least one parent who is either alcoholic or need of rehabilitation due to substance abuse (Lester, et  al, 2002). Of these children, 3.8 million live with a parent who suffers form alcoholism, 2.1 million live with a parent who abuses illicit drugs, and 2.4 million live with  a parent who abuses drugs and alcohol in combination (Ostrea, 2001). Furthermore, substance use by pregnant women constitutes a serious public health problem that experts believe manifests in serious  social effects. A recent report compiled by the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse estimated that in 1999, the rate of drug use among pregnant was 3.4 percent for illicit 

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