Oct 09 2015

The Drug War’s Targeting of Mothers is Based on Bad Science

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GUEST: Dr. Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Columbia, and the author of High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.

*This segment was broadcast online only on Sept. 25, 2015.

Women’s bodies are highly policed in today’s society. Pregnant women’s bodies are even more policed. Long time African American model Beverly Johnson revealed this week in her biography how she once took drugs while she was pregnant. She also lost custody of her daughter. We might jump to judge her because we are told by doctors, politicians, social workers and others that everything you consume while pregnant can damage your child.

Prosecutors all over the country have targeted pregnant women who have taken drugs, in the interest of protecting their fetuses.

But what if the science of how drugs impact our body was not as solid as we might think? My guest is a pioneer in challenging what we know about drug use.

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