Chasing the Scream author shares views on drug addition

Oct 29, 2017

CCBC presents Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a lecture by New York Times best-selling author Johann Hari, on Nov. 15 at 10:10 a.m. at CCBC Dundalk, College Community Center Theater, and at 2:20 p.m. at CCBC Catonsville, Center for the Arts Theatre. Hari’s lecture entitled, “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong,” is sponsored by CCBC’s Office of Student Life in collaboration with the CCBC Community Book Connection and the CCBC Honors Program. After each keynote presentation, Hari will be available for a question and answer session and book signing.

The event is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required and can be obtained from the Box Office, 443.840.ARTS (2787).

In Chasing the Scream, journalist Johann Hari explores the proclaimed War on Drugs in the United States 100 years after drugs were first banned and discovers on his three-year, 30,000-mile, journey that drugs and addiction are not what people think they are. He also discovered that the drug war has different motives than what most people have learned through the media.

Told through the stories of people around the world whose lives were transformed by the drug war, Hari reveals discoveries about what people are really chasing in the desire for drugs while at the same time attempting to eliminate drugs. The stories throughout the book range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for his mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out, to its ending with the story of a doctor who led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.

For details about the event, contact Dr. Ted McCadden, tmccadden@ccbcmd.edu, 443-840-3783.