A forgotten psychology experiment from the 1970s called Rat Park shows us that drug addiction has never really been about the drugs. It’s about the cages we live in.
The secret to solving the world’s drug crisis lies in a forgotten psychology experiment involving rats and heroin. Thirty years later, RAT PARK shows how the experiment’s radical findings are more relevant than ever. Following three stories 10,000 miles apart, we witness why drug laws and addiction are not really about the drugs. They’re about the cages we live in. In Portugal, a ceramics artist struggles with an all-consuming heroin problem even in a society that unconditionally supports drug users On the other side of the world, a young grieving mother and a hardened photojournalist in the Philippines grapple with the extrajudicial killings of drug users. And in Palm Beach, an outlaw recovery worker fights for life-saving tools for drug users living in ground zero of America’s opioid crisis. Through the perspective of the rat experiment’s creator and leading drug policy experts, RAT PARK shows us that a world where all drugs are legalized might be the only option in the aftermath of the futile war on drugs.
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