"A hard-hitting attack on current drug policy by Hart (Psychology and Psychiatry/ Columbia Univ.), a neuroscientist who grew up on the streets of one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods... Hart debunks claims that the use of crack cocaine is more dangerous than other forms of the drug and therefore should be punished more severely a distinction that penalizes ghetto users who are the most typical crack users... In his view, the focus on illegal drug trafficking "obfuscates the real problems faced by marginalized people," and neuroscientific research focuses too much on the action of neurotransmitters to explain addiction... An eye-opening,absorbing, complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds."
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