In response to “Cocaine doesn’t cause brain damage, studies find; poverty does” (May 2):

This study is flawed. The study comes to the wrong conclusion because the evaluators confused poverty with unhealthy family life. Some babies who had been exposed to cocaine in the womb have later observed arrests, seen someone get shot and have seen a dead body.

What does this have to do with poverty? Let's not come to the conclusion that these bad situations arise because of poverty. It's simply not true. Rich or poor — all classes have examples that fit this description if an addict is raising a child. The effect of poverty on children is an entirely different study.

Darlene Bennett

Salt Lake City