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Drug Use for Grown-Ups: A Conversation with Carl Hart – Open Society Live Stream

April 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC-5

In conversation with Kasia Malinowska, director of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program, Dr. Carl Hart, one of the world’s foremost experts on drugs, argues that the greatest damage from drugs flows from their being illegal. Dr. Hart is open about the fact that he uses drugs himself, in a happy balance with the rest of his full and productive life as a colleague, husband, father, and friend. In Drug Use for Grown-Ups, he draws on decades of research and his own personal experience to argue definitively that the criminalization and demonization of drug use—not drugs themselves—have been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing enduring structural racism.  


  • Carl Hart


    Carl Hart is Ziff Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and is former chair of Columbia’s Department of Psychology.

  • Kasia Malinowska


    Kasia Malinowska is director of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program.


April 19, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC-5
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