Columbia University professor, admitted heroin user, says legalization of all drugs is ‘fundamental right’

Before those in the chronic pain community get their “shorts in a twist” … in many country Heroin – otherwise known as diamorphine – is used as a legal form of pain management… It converts in the body to MORPHINE- on a mg to mg basis – 2-3 times more potent than MORPHINE.  There are more people who die every year from the use/abuse of alcohol – abt 100,000 – but only about 1,000 die of alcohol toxicity – which is normally a BAL > 0.4 -0.5 +.  Could that be because alcoholics ‘know their limit'” because they are able to purchase a legal “known strength” of their drug of choice ?  Other countries have legalized/decriminalized all drugs/substances and in those places the number of OD’s have dropped dramatically.  Does this suggest that the DOJ/DEA are continuing – or expanding – those drawing a pay check from fighting the war on drugs just to keep all those paychecks flowing.  All of the OD’s from illegal substances/drugs coming from China/Mexico is just collateral damage to keep the war on drugs moving forward ? 

Columbia University professor, admitted heroin user, says legalization of all drugs is ‘fundamental right’

A heroin-using psychology professor at New York City’s Columbia University is laying out a constitutional argument for legalizing recreational drugs in his latest book.

In “Drug use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear” (Penguin Press), Dr. Carl Hart calls for the legalization of all drugs, arguing that it is a fundamental American right for responsible adults to decide what to put into their own bodies.

“It’s the original American promise,” he told Fox News Friday, referencing the Declaration of Independence’s assertion that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Recreational drug use, ostensibly, requires liberty and is conducted in the pursuit of happiness.

“I wrote this book to present a more realistic image of the typical drug user: a responsible professional who happens to use drugs in his pursuit of happiness,” Hart explains on his website. “Also, I wanted to remind the public that no benevolent government should forbid autonomous adults from altering their consciousness, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.”

Although reluctant to summarize the arguments laid out in his book for people who haven’t read it, he said there are other dangerous aspects of daily life that are not criminal and that legalizing and regulating drugs could make using them safer.

“Think about car accidents,” Hart said. “There are 40,000 Americans every year who lose their life on the highway because of cars. Nobody’s saying, ‘aren’t you concerned about that we have these cars available?’ No, what we do, is we try to enhance the safety of that activity.”

Hart, the Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia and an award-winning author, has been researching psychoactive drugs and their effects on humans for decades.

“My heroin use is as recreational as my alcohol use,” Hart wrote in the book. “Like vacation, sex, and the arts, heroin is one of the tools that I use to maintain my work-life balance.”

“Heroin is just another opioid, no more or less scary than other drugs,” he told Columbia Magazine, which is published by the university’s Office of Alumni and Development.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the other hand, says heroin-involved overdoses in the U.S. increased from 3,036 in 2010 to 14,996 in 2018. (Although deaths in 2018 were slightly lower than in 2017.) More than 115,000 Americans died from heroin-linked overdoses between 1999 and 2018.

Columbia’s drug policy prohibits students and faculty from using or possessing illegal drugs on school property, within a “university workplace,” or during university activities. The policy defines a university workplace as “any site at which employees perform work for the University, whether or not such site is owned by Columbia University.”

The school did not immediately respond to questions about whether Hart’s activities were in violation of this policy.

Hart also criticized the media’s coverage of his book as “bulls—” and said that people should read it for the full context.

“I took a long time to develop these arguments,” he said, brushing off questions as “remedial” topics that are answered in the text.

Legalized drugs would be safer, regulated like alcohol, free from contamination and a source of tax revenue, he has argued.

“This is about our liberty,” he said Friday. “It’s about me protecting your liberty, you protecting mine.”

3 Responses

  1. Legalization would be so much better on so many levels (starting with a drastic drop in OD deaths). But I’m sure it’ll never happen; between the $$$$$ invested in the “War on Drugs”* & this Puritanical, moronic country, there’s not a chance of legalization.

    I keep thinking about the study they did in the early 70s about heroin use in Vietnam: something like 20% of US soldiers used heroin regularly while over there. Unlike many of the uselessly bad studies coming out nowadays, the researchers actually followed up with the heroin users. A year after coming back to the States here, only about 1% of the regular heroin users were still using it. Which puts in right in line with those demon pain pills that the idiots are trying to get rid of. So a “heroin pill” is considerably less dangerous than, say, alcohol or tobacco.

    But who’s going to pay any attention to facts these days, aside from the people who are being killed slowly by withholding of pain meds.

    Willful stupidity & zealous belief over facts is driving me literally out of my mind. My blood pressure has literally almost doubled in the last 6 months –I used to have dangerously low BP– and I have zero doubt that it’s due to drastically undertreated pain & catastrophic, long-term sleep deprivation (of course, I can’t get the only sleep med that ever worked for me, a benzo, which I safely used while taking pain meds for years). Since state-sanctioned torture & murder (though slow) are clearly ok now, when will they bring back the rack, the iron maiden, & those other fun tools of the Inquisition so the cops can torture suspects?

    *which they’ve been losing since Day 1, but clearly they’re not going to let that little factoid get in their way. Or any other facts.

    • The longer you have been dealing with under/untreated pain… the more likely to be dealing with hypothyrodism and Addison disease… Low blood pressure suggests that you are dealing with Fibromyalgia and would expect for you to previously have subnormal body temp. Under/untreated pain will cause your adrenal glads to “peter-out” trying to keep up with the stress from under/untreated pain… and adrenal failure is your basic Addison Disease. You need to see a endocrinologist. he/she should be able to get your thyroid and adrenal hormones straightened out.

  2. My feelings aside about “professors” I believe the guy is right The DEA has to rank right up with the CDC as 2 of the worse waste of money in GOVT! I wish when people talked about ODs they would mention Heroin an Fentanyl as the top reasons for ODs. And the reason being people arent trying to OD Its the Fentanyl they are cutting the heroin with. And the drug dealers arent scientists. So I agree with the professor if drugs were legalized,they could be better monitored as far as ingredients being used to cut drugs.

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