It is important to close the gap between scientific understanding of the effects of drug exposure in the womb on brain development and public perception and policy, argues a Perspective article available online in Nature Reviews Neuroscience.
In their Science and Society article, Pat Levitt and colleagues discuss what we know about the effects of several legal and illegal drugs of abuse, as well as some prescription medications, on brain development in humans and animal models. They suggest that, by creating science-based core models of brain development and of the influences of drugs on this process, as well as by working in partnership with public policy makers and the media, scientists can make an important contribution to strategies for dealing with drug use during pregnancy.
Pat Levitt (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA)
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