Standing up for young americans


The Facts

  • Dr. Carl Hart has discovered some interesting findings in regards to cocaine addiction research at Columbia University: 80 to 90 percent of people who use crack and methamphetamine don’t get addicted.

  • His study which began in the 1990s, offered cocaine users an opportunity to make $950 while smoking crack made from pharmaceutical-grade cocaine and to participate they had to live in a hospital during the experiment.

  • Each day, participants were offered cocaine or a monetary reward. When the cocaine dosage they were offered was high, they usually opted for the drug, however when it was low, they skipped getting high in exchange for cash or a store voucher.

  • Dr. Hart found that his participants were able to make rational decisions (choosing cocaine vs. reward) regarding their cocaine usage.

Why We Should Care

  • Scientists and lawmakers keep telling us that drugs are unquestionably addicting.

  • However, according to Dr. Hart, “Eighty to 90 percent of people are not negatively affected by drugs, but in the scientific literature nearly 100 percent of the reports are negative. There’s a skewed focus on pathology. We scientists know that we get more money if we keep telling Congress that we’re solving this terrible problem. We’ve played a less than honorable role in the war on drugs.”

Our Time Opinion

These findings could shape the way we view and treat drug usage in the U.S, placing a greater emphasis on economic incentives to curb addiction.

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