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Washington DC and The Holy Land>Columbia professor uses heroin for “work life balance”
banyon 05:26 PM 02-19-2021
Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’
By Michael Kaplan

February 19, 2021 | 4:49pm



Carl Hart, a professor at Columbia University, is open about his drug use, saying substances such as heroin help him in his daily life.

Carl Hart is a Columbia University professor of psychology and neuroscience. He chairs the psych department and has a fondness for heroin – not only as a subject of scholarly pursuit but also as a substance for personal use.

At 54, the married father of three has snorted small amounts of heroin for as many as 10 days in a row and enjoyed it mightily – even if, as he recalls in his new book “Drug Use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear” (Penguin Press), he’s experienced mild withdrawal symptoms “12 to 16 hours after the last dose.”

But, as Hart sees it, the discomfort is a worthwhile trade-off.

“There aren’t many things in life that I enjoy more than a few lines by the fireplace at the end of the day,” he writes, pointing out that the experience leaves him “refreshed” and “prepared to face another day.”


Hart, who studies the effects of psychoactive drugs on humans, finds his use of the narcotic to be “as rational as my alcohol use. Like vacation, sex and the arts, heroin is one of the tools that I use to maintain my work-life balance.”

His reason for coming clean about doing opiates and the like is to advocate for decriminalizing possession of recreational drugs. The book makes the case “that the demonization of drug use – not drugs themselves – [has] been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing this country’s enduring structural racism,” according to the publisher.

Hart told Insider that he hopes to see President Biden work toward federal regulation and licensing of the use of substances that are often described as neighborhood scourges.


And, by his logic, if people are going to indulge, they should at least do it safely.

For instance, he told the site, “if you’re going to use opioids, don’t use alcohol as a background … [the combination] increases the likelihood of respiratory depression and death.”

It’s not just heroin that keeps Hart centered, he claims. The prof is also a fan of the effects brought on by MDMA (better known as Molly or ecstasy) and methamphetamine (a drug that has caused the most overdose deaths in nearly half the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In describing MDMA, he recalled “intense feelings of pleasure, gratitude and energy.

“When I’m rolling, I just want to breathe deeply and enjoy it. The simple act of breathing can be extremely pleasurable.”


He even found pleasure in snorting a version of so-called bath salts, a synthetic cathinone that’s been linked to disturbing behavior from barking to breaking into homes. Hart’s assessment: “unequivocally wonderful.” In his book, he recounts the effects as being “euphoric, energetic, clearheaded and highly social … niiiiiice.”

So nice, in fact, that he writes about wanting to take the drug ahead of “some awful required social event, such as an academic reception.” A rep for Columbia has not returned The Post’s request for comment on Hart’s illegal drug use.

While recreational-drug enthusiasts may salute Hart, the medical and addiction community may find the prof’s utopian approach less than ideal. According to the CDC, in 2018, nearly 15,000 people died from drug overdoses involving heroin in the US.


Some experts maintain that even legalizing cannabis, the mildest of recreational drugs, poses dangers, including an increase in visits to emergency rooms, as one recent report from the University of Michigan found.

Plus, weed can have serious health effects: “Smoke a couple times a day and marijuana will knock off your memory. That is pretty certain,” Christian Hopfer, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, told The Post. “And there is no question that legalization has a normalizing effect on something that used to be against the law.”

While acknowledging in his book that “drug use is not for everybody,” Hart cites America’s founding documents and their promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as reasons for having the choice to snort lines, smoke weed and expand one’s mind.

“You can live your life as you choose,” he told Insider. “And it’s nobody’s business, as long as you do not interfere with anybody else doing the same.”

https://nypost.com/2021/02/19/columb...mpression=true
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Bugeater 08:23 AM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by eDave:
Addiction. It's common to justify and romanticize the addiction in some way. Even if it's just Suzie Q's.

I justify my use of marijuana all the time, fully aware that I'd be better off without it (probably). Though it did assist in where I am now in a lot of ways. <-- There I go again.

On a side note, I've known and met people who micro dose all day. Acid or MDMA. Medication I suppose. But screw all things heroin. Justifying it's use is bogus.
Astute observation my friend. Weed isn't the same though...I'll smoke up with you.
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Monticore 01:32 PM 02-21-2021
Cigarettes kill ten times more people a year than opiates and 10% of those are non smokers via second hand smoke , so this guy at this point seems to only be hurting himself isn’t a big deal to me I am sure some people can deal with it better than others , like Booz, pot etc... I just don’t see the pleasure in it , they gave me Morphine for my kidney stones and I hated the feeling , just not a big fan of altered states I guess.
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cosmo20002 02:59 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by tyecopeland:
Just curious.

So this guy can admit to doing illegal drugs and keep his job. But people have lost jobs for being supportive of trump on social media.?
So one employer did one thing and another employer did something else?
I DONT UNDERSTAND
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2112 03:02 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by cosmo20002:
So one employer did one thing and another employer did something else?
I DONT UNDERSTAND
Are you confused?
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cosmo20002 03:06 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by 2112:
Are you confused?
No
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2112 03:13 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by cosmo20002:
No
You sure? Sounded like you were.
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cosmo20002 03:14 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by 2112:
You sure? Sounded like you were.
It sounds like you're confused.
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2112 03:22 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by cosmo20002:
It sounds like you're confused.
No, not at all. If you read the posts it’s pretty clear that you sound confused.
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tyecopeland 03:32 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by cosmo20002:
So one employer did one thing and another employer did something else?
I DONT UNDERSTAND
You're right in that this university has not fired a professor for supporting trump. But they did have a professor resign because he felt the university was becoming too socialistic. And they did nothing to a professor who told someone who was supporting trumps free speech to drop dead. So it would not be outlandish to assume they would fire a professor for supporting trump.


And on the other hand. Which thing is illegal? Doung heroin or supporting a political candidate? Do you not think that people should be free to publicly support a political person and not be fired? Do you also not think that there should be consequences in your join for admitting to doing illegal things?
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cosmo20002 03:41 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by tyecopeland:
You're right in that this university has not fired a professor for supporting trump. But they did have a professor resign because he felt the university was becoming too socialistic. And they did nothing to a professor who told someone who was supporting trumps free speech to drop dead. So it would not be outlandish to assume they would fire a professor for supporting trump.


And on the other hand. Which thing is illegal? Doung heroin or supporting a political candidate? Do you not think that people should be free to publicly support a political person and not be fired? Do you also not think that there should be consequences in your join for admitting to doing illegal things?
Ok, then that's pretty much the end of trying to get anything out of that comparison. I'm not defending this professor, but bringing up what someone else with a different job did and what a different employer did is completely irrelevant.


Originally Posted by tyecopeland:
And on the other hand. Which thing is illegal? Doung heroin or supporting a political candidate? Do you not think that people should be free to publicly support a political person and not be fired? Do you also not think that there should be consequences in your join for admitting to doing illegal things?
Completely depends what your job is and what they are doing to express their support.
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DaneMcCloud 03:41 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by eDave:
Addiction. It's common to justify and romanticize the addiction in some way. Even if it's just Suzie Q's.
This is the truth.

I knew plenty of musicians, both famous and not-so-famous, that justified their heroin use by saying "It makes me focus on the music". One of them died way too early due to heroin usage (needle) and I knew plenty of guys that "Chased The Dragon" whose lives were destroyed as well.

One of the first people I met upon moving to Los Angeles was Gino Vanelli's guitarist, who told me he went down the rabbit hole of heroin for more than 5 years because he wanted to hear and play all of the notes John Coltrane played on sax.

Coltrane was a noted heroin user as well, which contributed to his early death at age 40.

Heroin is no bueno, regardless of the user.
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tyecopeland 03:52 PM 02-21-2021
I also wonder if there would be more of an outrage if the professor admitting to illegal drug use was white.
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Bowser 03:56 PM 02-21-2021
This guy can do all the smack he wants, especially if his employer has no problem with it. That said, people are absolutely allowed to take their money elsewhere than Columbia if they aren't interested in a heroin addict teaching them drug fueled ramblings about psychology and neuroscience at ridiculously inflated prices prices.
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Easy 6 04:01 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by Bowser:
This guy can do all the smack he wants, especially if his employer has no problem with it. That said, people are absolutely allowed to take their money elsewhere than Columbia if they aren't interested in a heroin addict teaching them drug fueled ramblings about psychology and neuroscience at ridiculously inflated prices prices.
ZAP
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2112 04:04 PM 02-21-2021
Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud:
This is the truth.

I knew plenty of musicians, both famous and not-so-famous, that justified their heroin use by saying "It makes me focus on the music". One of them died way too early due to heroin usage (needle) and I knew plenty of guys that "Chased The Dragon" whose lives were destroyed as well.

One of the first people I met upon moving to Los Angeles was Gino Vanelli's guitarist, who told me he went down the rabbit hole of heroin for more than 5 years because he wanted to hear and play all of the notes John Coltrane played on sax.

Coltrane was a noted heroin user as well, which contributed to his early death at age 40.

Heroin is no bueno, regardless of the user.
Heroine is being used by kids now more than ever. It’s cheaper than coke or weed and more readily available. My buddy’s daughter died a few years ago from over dosing, she was 32, not that she overdosed. But what the dealers do is randomly spike every 15 bags or so. Deaths supposedly increase sales. Another friend of mines son died too, same shit. He was 24. This shit is highly addicting and either kills you or has a Jekyll and Hyde effect.

This guy should be shit canned. We have an opioid crisis going on with the younger generation.
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