Professor Carl Hart’s plenary session, chaired by Professor Julia Sinclair, closed the first day of the 2020 SSA conference. The video of this session is now available to non-SSA members. The session covers the impact of drug policies on racial discrimination, group marginalisation and drug related deaths. Professor Hart also talks about how the work of addiction researchers can exaggerate the detrimental impact of drug use and, in doing so, can support such policies.


Carl Hart is the Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. Prof. Hart has published extensively in the area of neuropsychopharmacology. He is an award-winning author; his most recent book is entitled, Drug Use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. Prof. Hart has lectured around the world and has appeared on multiple national television and radio shows as well as podcasts. In 2016, the city of Miami issued a proclamation declaring February 1 “Dr. Carl Hart Day.”


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