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Carl Hart



Carl Hart is an American neuroscientist who specializes in how people respond to psychoactive drugs. He is a professor of psychology at Columbia University and a research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Hart often publicly speaks about misconceptions surrounding African American drug use.

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Dr. Carl Hart on Cocaine vs Crack

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Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear

From one of the world's foremost experts on the subject, a powerful argument that the greatest damage from drugs flows from being illegal, and a hopeful reckoning with the possibility of their use as part of a responsible and happy life. Dr. Carl L.

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Is Drug Addiction a Brain Disease?

The notion that drug addiction is a brain disease has become axiomatic. Around the globe aspiring health professionals treating substance abuse are indoctrinated with this belief, especially after the idea became popular in the 1990s.

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Paying a High Price for the War on Drugs

In a new memoir, neuroscientist Carl Hart discusses how his research on drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine has led him to decide that all drugs should be decriminalized.

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People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, Not Because of Opioids

Recently, driven largely by opioid-related deaths—predominantly of our white sisters and brothers—President Donald Trump proclaimed that the opioid problem was now a national emergency.

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How the Myth of the ‘Negro Cocaine Fiend’ Helped Shape American Drug Policy

Negro Cocaine “Fiends” Are a New Southern Menace. That was the headline of an article I came across while doing research for my PhD in 1996. It involved trying to understand the neurobiological and behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs like cocaine and nicotine.

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How to Legalize Marijuana: To Combat Racial Discrimination, New York Must Do This Right

It’s not a question of if New York will legalize marijuana but when, and what the legislation will look like. Nationwide support for cannabis legalization is at an all-time high, with 68% of Americans endorsing such measures. Correspondingly, 15 states — and Washington, D.C.

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Doctors Debate If Marijuana Is a 'Gateway Drug'

Dr. Carl Hart and Dr. Drew Pinsky debate whether marijuana use leads to addiction to other drugs.

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Let's Quit Abusing Drug Users

Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how it should impact drug policy.

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High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives.

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