The Morning Zone: Meth, Bullying and The Supreme Court Obamacare Case
7:07AM MDT: Our Kids-AT-Risk panel explores a new study on meth that shows when expectant moms use methamphetamine, their kids may be at greater risk of behavioral and emotional problems by kindergarten, a new study finds. Researchers found that of 330 children they followed to age 5, the half who were exposed to meth in the womb tended to have more behavioral issues, sadness and anxiety.
The findings, reported in the journal Pediatrics, do not point to "huge" differences between meth-exposed kids and their peers. But the results are still "worrisome," said lead researcher Linda L. LaGasse, of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. Government figures suggest that more than 10 million Americans, or about four percent of the population, have used the drug. Unlike other illegal drugs, meth seems to have a greater appeal to women than men. In the U.S., pregnant women account for about seven percent of people who seek treatment for meth abuse. "Meth exposure is a huge problem," LaGasse said. But this study, she said, is the first to follow meth-exposed newborns over time and chart their behavioral and emotional well-being.
8:07AM MDT: School Bullying Ombudsman, Marvin Nash from The Nash Foundation joins us again today and we'll talk about the upcoming march planned by school students downtown to highlight school bullying solutions. We'll also explore a recent article about a national bullying expert, Elizabeth Englander. She says bullying affects every school district and there is no magic solution to end it tomorrow, but there are ways for professionals to take the lead today in curbing one of the nation's fastest growing problems and it begins with truly understanding the issue.
9:07AM MDT: Robert F. Graboyes, MSHA, PhD. ,Senior Fellow for Health and Economics
NFIB Research Foundation, Professor of Health Economics at VCU, UVa, GMU, GWU and lead defendent in the lawsuit now being presented before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging Obamacare, guests with Dave Chaffinto discuss this all-important issue and his predictions for this potentially president setting case.