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.


Dr. Carl Hart on Cocaine vs Crack

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.