The face of medicine has changed immensely throughout history, thanks in no small part to an ever-growing database of knowledge and technology that allows people to better understand how they can prevent and treat a slew of ailments and illnesses. But debate continues to surround the big pharma movement, with many skeptics concerned over the safety of medicines provided.
Dr. Carl Hart is one of those skeptics. An associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University who specializes in drug abuse and drug addiction, he is an outspoken critic of the drug war, making it abundantly clear that he believes the popular big pharma drug Adderall is essentially legal crystal meth.
Hart appeared on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, where he discussed the crack epidemic and how media and politicians have taken advantage of it to ignore deeper issues such as poverty and violence present in America’s poorest cities. While he noted the dangers of the drug, he believes there is a lot of misinformation about it. He also argues that, as with many other drugs, the government uses it as a scapegoat for various ills.
His bold accusations regarding crystal meth were then presented, with Hart claiming that numerous studies have found Adderall, a legal drug prescribed and used by millions, to be nearly identical to crystal meth.
Hart notes that the only difference between Adderall and crystal meth is that crystal meth has a methyl group attached to it. And while crystal meth use is much lower than that of cocaine and marijuana, modern drug offense laws punish meth dealers much more harshly than they would dealers of the former drugs.
Hart harps on how misinformation to the general public gives people the idea that illegal drugs are the most harmful of the bunch, yet when you compare the similarities of the illegal drug crystal meth and the highly-prescribed big pharma drug Adderall, that assumption begins to fall part. Close scrutiny suggests instead that we cannot trust what we are being presented, and must look beyond the headlines to find the truth for ourselves.