DRUG USE FOR GROWN-UPS
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?
If you grew up scared of what illicit drugs could do to you — hearing about all the horrors that could befall you from everyone from Nancy Reagan to your parents — the threat may have felt very real: If
A timely, fact-based, coherent, humane counterargument to America’s spectacularly failed War on Drugs.
A Starred Review Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. By Carl L. Hart Jan. 2021. By grown-ups, Columbia University psychology professor Hart, who studies the effects of psychoactive drugs in humans, here means “autonomous,
Hart’s scientific training and personal use of drugs has informed his research and opinions, but the book is also shaped by his experience as a Black man.
A Starred Review As more and more states across the country legalize marijuana, and as popular opinion toward the war on drugs sours, Dr. Carl L. Hart’s new book arrives at the perfect time. In Drug Use for Grown-Ups:
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.
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?
"Science should be driving our drug policies, even if it makes us uncomfortable."
-Dr. Carl Hart