Stigma, Addiction, & Recovery in Indonesia

SSDP Outreach Coordinator Jake Agliata was in Indonesia from February 14 to February 25 as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the American Council for Young Political Leaders. This is the second of several blog posts that will … more

February 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Love and Drugs- Social Alienation and Problematic Drug Use

In the 1980s, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America released a television advertisement showing a rat, alone, in a cage. The rat had been given two water bottles: one with plain water, and one laced with cocaine. “Only one drug … more

Recovery and Reform: An alum’s journey back

by Kevin Franciotti '08, Northeastern University

Over seven years ago I co-founded the Northeastern University undergraduate chapter of SSDP. As a student in Boston during the 2008 election season, I was thrilled because also on the ballot that year was a vote on whether Massachusetts should … more

Ibogaine Still Illegal in US, Despite Medical Potential


This article first appeared at Readers are probably familiar with LSD and MDMA (ecstasy), and may have heard of recent research on their medical uses. A lesser-known psychedelic drug, though, also shows potential despite federal prohibition. Ibogaine, extracted from … more

The Story of Self, Us and Now

UNAM/Mexico chapter

Yesterday in the weekly SSDP/UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) chapter meeting, each group member shared their story of “why” they are involved in drug policy in 2 minutes. The stories that emerged were powerful. Our UNAM students arrived to SSDP and … more

Chapter Leader of the Week: Katharine Celentano

Katharine Celentano, Columbia University

Katharine: A few years ago, when I wasn’t even a student! I was taking time off from school for health reasons. I’d been interested in mental health advocacy since about 6th grade, but my experiences with some self-identifying addicts inspired … more