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Thursday: Telephone Town Hall On Teens And Drugs With World-Renowned Neuroscientist


youth teen young adult marijuana usage medical marijuanaOn Thursday, May 14th, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., EDT, Dr. Carl Hart, Columbia University professor and the best-selling, award-winning author of High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society will join the Drug Policy Alliance’s asha bandele for a discussion on how our current approaches to teaching our children about drugs fail – and actually make them more vulnerable to the harms of drug use. Hart is also expected to explore the impact of drugs on the developing adolescent brain, as well as the myths and prejudices at the roots of drug prohibition.

Dr. Hart has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, and other national media outlets.  He is a dedicated scientist, activist and educator who has spent his career researching drugs and their impact on human beings. His work addresses the rampant misinformation about drugs and their perceived harms, dispelling the prevailing myths that link crime, drugs and poor people of color.

Dr. Hart’s talk is the fifth in a series of quarterly telephone town halls sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance.  The conversations seek to bring some of the most learned and influential people working in the field of drug policy before the general public so that together we can create an ever-more informed and shared understanding about drugs and society. Previous town halls have featured thought leaders Michelle Alexander, Eugene Jarecki, Stanton Peele, and Reverend Frederick Haynes. These conversations have sparked national media coverage and have now been listened to and shared close to 500,000 times.

The call is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.  To register for the call, please click here.

What:  DPA Town Hall Conference Call on Drugs and Teens


  • Dr. Carl Hart, Associate Professor, Columbia University
  • Asha Bandele, Director, Advocacy Grants Program, Drug Policy Alliance

When:  May 14th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

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  1. OK. I’ve read some Dr. Hart. He is better than most. But he hasn’t yet figured out that people take pain relievers to relieve pain. And not just the existential pain he is aware of. Real pain. PTSD. Some one should ask him about it.


    Well I just did. On his www site. We shall see.

  2. The “problem” of drugs is simple. People in chronic pain chronically take pain relievers. And the pain? PTSD mostly. Some of the people in the field have come to that conclusion or something pointing to it (DR. Lonny Shavelson). But most are not there. Most believe in “addiction”. Drugs cause addiction. But there is no evidence that drugs cause addiction. If they did everyone who tries them would be an addict. Which is obviously not true.

    We know how to cure habituation. Detox. We have no idea how to cure addiction (the craving for drugs once use stops). That craving is a craving for pain relief. When the PTSD is mild cannabis works. When it is heavy (from childhood sexual abuse say) heroin does the job. So why don’t all sexually abused kids use heroin? Genetics. Only 20% of the population is susceptible to long term PTSD. “Addiction” explains none of that.

    So why isn’t this studied? Well who would want to fund a study proving we are making war on the traumatized?

    Dennis Peron is right. All use is medical use.

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