“I have to make sure I don't engage in conversations with people who don't abide by the rules of evidence.” - Dr. Carl Hart

New Book


I wrote this book to present a more realistic image of the typical drug user: a responsible professional who happens to use drugs in his pursuit of happiness. Also, I wanted to remind the public that no benevolent government should forbid autonomous adults from altering their consciousness, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.

After reading this book, I hope you will be less likely to vilify individuals merely because they use drugs. That thinking has led to an incalculable number of deaths and an enormous amount of suffering. I am confident that you will come away with an appreciation for the prodigious potential good derived from drug use and a deeper understanding of why so many responsible grown-ups engage in this behavior.

If the ideas expressed in this book are embraced, we can get on with the business of treating each other better and enjoying more meaningful and fulfilling lives. And isn’t that what we all want?

Hardcover edition.
Paperback edition.
Articles, Media, & Appearances

Why drug hysteria is pushed by research scientists.

When interpreting scientific literature, keep in mind Scientists usually look for pathology, disease, or illness, we do not look for beneficial effects so we usually find what we are looking for.

Drug Policy

Should Capitalism Drive Substance Abuse Treatment?

Hedge funds like Bain Capital are investing in substance abuse for profit which could negatively affect the type of treatment people may receive.

Carl Hart, K2, Drug Education, Heroin, Opiods
Drug Policy

K2 Apparent Overdoses & Keeping Heroin Users Safe

On Errol Lewis’ NY1 show I discuss K2, drug hysteria, the need for drug education and possibly a new law to keep the public safe.

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‘Crazy Baldheads’, Dreads, & The Politics of Respectability

Is there a causal connection between hairstyles worn by black boys and their future success, and should we strongly encourage these boys to avoid wearing dreadlocks and braids?

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Drug Policy

The advocate for rational drug policy

“Fix broken societies and you would fix most of the world’s drug problems”.

"Science should be driving our drug policies, even if it makes us uncomfortable."

-Dr. Carl Hart

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