Carl Hart will be speaking about his book High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society this Wednesday in the Upper West Side. This event is worth going to for anyone in interested in the intersection of drug research with public policy.
Dr. Hart will share the captivating story of growing up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and reveals how it led him to pioneering work at Columbia University, where he became the first tenured black faculty in the sciences at Columbia. Though Hart is a popular lecturer with a joint appointment in the psychology and psychiatry departments at Columbia University, it’s his research – which involves administering methamphetamine, marijuana and other illegal drugs to human subjects – that has made him an increasingly prominent figure in academic circles. The study of drugs has traditionally relied on animal models — mice, dogs and sometimes monkeys. But Hart’s focus is part of an emerging insight: the best way to pinpoint the effect of a drug such as meth on humans is to study it in humans. His results have started to back this up, confirming that much of what we thought we knew about drugs of abuse may well be wrong. Hart is rewriting the theory of addiction and pointing the way to better treatments.