Re-educates us on addiction and drug users and shares his new book high price
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Re-educates us on Addiction and Drug Users and shares his new book High Price

Addiction is an epidemic that's affecting all layers of American society. More than 100 people die from overdoses every day -- it's the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. -- more than traffic fatalities. Every family in America is impacted by this but do we truly understand the nature of this epidemic and the profile of drug users?
We hold many stereotypes about what drug addiction is like, and what the users are like. Addiction can exist in people's lives that are very accomplished and very educated. The stereotypes usually don't match reality. Dr. Carl Hart, an Associate Professor in the departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University has written a book, High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, based on 22 years of research as a groundbreaking neuropsychopharmacologist about the science of drug addiction.
He asks us to get our facts right about drugs and drug use and believes that dispelling some of the myths and stereotypes, may help us effectively fight our drug problems through re-education and effective drug policies.
Did you know that:
  • More than 20 million Americans use illegal drugs regularly
  • 85% of drug users are not addicted
  • Around half of all people with drug addictions are employed full time
  • A huge proportion of people having difficulties with prescription drugs are women
"Much of what we are doing in terms of drug education, treatment, and public policy is inconsistent with scientific data." – Dr. Carl Hart
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Dr. Carl Hart, Ph.D., 46, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Hart is a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. He completed his graduate training in experimental psychology and neuroscience at the University of Wyoming, where he received a M.S. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1996). Dr. Hart completed postdoctoral research training at the University of California at San Francisco, Yale University, and Columbia University.

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Dr. Hart will be available to sign books following the conversation. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The first 10 persons who register will get a free copy of the book.

“High Price is highly edifying as we struggle to come to terms with our country’s perceptions of drug users and positions on drug laws and policies.” – Lula Beatty


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