“When they were given an alternative to crack, they made rational economic decisions.”
When methamphetamine replaced crack as the great drug scourge in the United States, Dr. Hart brought meth addicts into his laboratory for similar experiments — and the results showed similarly rational decisions.
“If you’re living in a poor neighborhood deprived of options, there’s a certain rationality to keep taking a drug that will give you some temporary pleasure,”
I was thinking about it a little more and several people have spoken with me about it.
I have two thoughts that I’d add to yesterday’s post.
First, it might be rational if the person’s life is hopeless. This premise worth thinking deeply about.
Second, several people have commented on the ethics of his studies:
Dr. Hart recruited addicts by advertising in The Village Voice, offering them a chance to make $950 while smoking crack made from pharmaceutical-grade cocaine.
Um, yeah. There is that. It never ceases to amaze me that a human subjects review board would approve this kind of study.