The Young Turks: Challenging Society’s View on Drugs

Malcolm Fleschner (Executive Producer for The Point) interviews Dr. Carl Hart (Professor of Psychiatry and psychology at Columbia University) on his new book, “High Price.” The book challenges what our perception of drugs, and whether it’s actually appropriate to blame poverty and societal ills on addiction. Are current drug policies failing? According to Dr. Hart’s book, yes. He explains why with his landmark, yet controversial studies of race, poverty,, and drugs as well as the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. Hart relates his own story that started in a tough Miami neighborhood and resulted in a career as a neuroscientist and Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences.