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From one of the world's foremost experts on the subject, a powerful argument that the greatest damage from drugs flows from their being illegal, and a hopeful reckoning with the possibility of their use as part of a responsible and happy life.

Dr. Carl L. Hart, Ziff professor at Columbia University and former chair of the Department of Psychology, is one of the world's preeminent experts on the effects of so-called recreational drugs on the human mind and body. Dr. Hart is open about the fact that he uses drugs himself, in a happy balance with the rest of his full and productive life as a colleague, husband, father, and friend. 

In Drug Use for Grown-Ups, he draws on decades of research and his own personal experience to argue definitively that the criminalization and demonization of drug use - not drugs themselves - have been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing this country's enduring structural racism. 

Dr. Hart did not always have this view. He came of age in one of Miami's most troubled neighborhoods at a time when many ills were being laid at the door of crack cocaine. His initial work as a researcher was aimed at proving that drug use caused bad outcomes. But one problem kept cropping up: The evidence from his research did not support his hypothesis. From inside the massively well-funded research arm of the American war on drugs, he saw how the facts did not support the ideology. The truth was dismissed and distorted in order to keep fear and outrage stoked, the funds rolling in, and Black and Brown bodies behind bars. 

Drug Use for Grown-Ups will be controversial, to be sure: The propaganda war, Dr. Hart argues, has been tremendously effective. Imagine if the only subject of any discussion about driving automobiles was fatal car crashes. Drug Use for Grown-Ups offers a radically different vision: When used responsibly, drugs can enrich and enhance our lives. We have a long way to go, but the vital conversation this book will generate is an extraordinarily important step.  

This audiobook includes a PDF of figures and an appendix from the book.   

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Dr. Carl L. Hart (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Everyone should read this book.

I finished this in one day, always a fan of Dr. Carl Hart, this just blew me away, as a recreational drug user, it opened even my eyes to how ignorant I've been. Riddled with excellent anecdotes and solid science, it really paints a heart wrenching picture of the damage caused by the 'war on drugs' I also loved the music references, as a fan of all the artists, it really put me right in his shoes. Drug and non drug users will get a lot out of this.

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Eye opening, fact based approach

After hearing Dr. Carl on the Joe Rogan podcast I was very intrigued with his work. This book doesn’t disappoint. I appreciate Dr. Carl for his fact based approach, replacing many of my previous anecdotal views on drugs.

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Very shocking

This book has dismantled almost every negative sentiment I've had about drugs (through decades of propaganda, misleading studies, and flat-out lies from our governments, academics, and scientists). I am a very open minded and accepting type of person and this book was extremely eye-opening. Thank you Dr. Carl Hart!!

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Masterpiece

This is perhaps the best research book on drug use ever written and Hart's passionate narration and detailed analysis deliver a powerful argument for legalization.

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Made me realize I was ignorant, and a hypocrite.

Rock solid, science based, arguments for full legalization of all drugs. As a side note, you might want to try heroin after finishing this book, but that's ok, don't panic.

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Important and paradigm shifting!

A really important work for our time and all time. We need to alter the storyline not only in this field, but many others too! It's a now time for the planet and all its inhabitants...it is my humble opinion that this piece of the puzzle is an actionable solution based one, and contribute to social changes needed for defending our rights as well as those of the Global/Earth ship🌎

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Revolutionary

The points made by Dr. Hart truly make you think and see a topic from a different point of view.

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helping me be open-minded

not since gabor mate's book in the realm of hungry ghosts has a book on substances had such a personal impact. Dr Carl Hart lays out his personal experience and the science behind drug use. although some of his ideas had an initial shock for me, and it should be noticed that I'm a drug and alcohol counselor and have some experience on the matter, as I reminded myself to be open and listen to him it all makes sense.


thank you Dr Carl Hart for your bravery. I too am a substance use user, and a responsible one of that. I take care of my family, 10 to my health, and contribute to society. and I enjoy substances.

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An important and informative read

A credible perspective on the very real stigmas placed on drug use. Dr. Carl Hart courageously documents his own drug use as well as the facts of pharmacological effects of specific drugs. This book should make its way onto every bookshelf whether the reader uses drugs or not. Education based in real science is necessary to change how we view drugs as a society and make amends for the countless lives that have been lost because of misinformation and stigmatization.

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Enlightening

I'm recommending this book to everyone, but especially people that are anti legalization. Great music recommendation as well.

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  • Steven Gordon
  • 2021-01-19

Dr Carl Hart should be our drug Czar

Honesty integrity common sense are just a few of the words I’d use to describe Dr Harts work. Hats off to you Dr. I’ve always felt so guilty about my drug use but I now know it’s cool. I eat good sleep well and have a job for the last 45 years that I love. I’ve always been on the down low about drugs, but I get it now. It’s time to come out of the closet and be proud of who I am and how i obtain stress release in a turbulent time. Drugs aren’t bad it’s the policy’s around them that are. Give people choices and jobs !! Get rid of all the jobs people have that make money of bad policy and replace this jobs w policy that makes sense. Thank you so much for writing this book and speaking up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-19

a book to change your thinking

absolutely mind blowing. incredibly informative and important message. important for anyone who drinks, smokes, etc.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-16

Eye opening

This book drastically changed the way I viewed “Hard Drugs” And the people who use them, as well as changed the way I viewed my own personal journey through experimentation and where I was flawed in my own education and use of the substances mentioned in this book. Overall a great informative read and plethora of useful, life saving information. Highly recommend for anyone interested in truly understanding the complex subject of regular drug use while pursuing personal happiness.

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  • Steven Francis
  • 2021-01-15

Life liberty and resist tyranny

Like you I’m a veteran. This way on drugs has to stop. We need education and compassion. Thank you for stepping up. Oorah

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  • Jt32
  • 2021-01-18

Very informative.

listened straight through. I love when the author narrates it gives authenticity to the content.

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  • Sarah Harmon
  • 2021-01-16

Deeply Compelling

This book is beautifully written and narrated by the author Dr. Carl L Hart. It addresses the biases in scientific research on drugs as well as systemic racism and its effects on social perspective. The author digs in to the other side of drug use that has not gotten enough attention: the health benefits obtained through responsible use. I applaud his bravery and I’m recommending this book to others!

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  • The Adopted Son
  • 2021-02-18

Brilliant

There are a few concepts/claims I plan to do more research on before endorsing, but overall this book is fantastic. As a drug abuse treatment counselor at an addiction treatment center, and an ex-user of 'hard' drugs, I have increasingly found my mind wandering into the theoretical territory of this book the past year. Due I think primarily to my profession, this has been rather lonely work. Its good to see that there is a network of likeminded thinkers out there, and a growing body of research looking into this subject.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-21

A refreshing perspective, well reasoned

A well reasoned and progressive take on drug use in America and worldwide. Dr Hart encourages us to question society's perspective on drugs and their users.

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  • jason
  • 2021-01-20

Hope this book gets in the right hands

Really love this book. I love that he has the courage to write a book on such a tough subject! I hope everyone reads this and can let adults have access to a pure form of their drug of choice responsiblily

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  • chris
  • 2021-01-15

Way more than the title suggests

Ignorance on this subject is causing suffering all over the world. This audiobook is both enjoyable to listen to, and extremely important.

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