INTL Youth Convening Day One: Fostering a Global Youth Movement

As the first day of the International Youth Drug Strategies Convening kicked off in Bangkok today, young people from around the world discussed the ways in which the global drug war has impacted their communities. The first activity of the … more

Mexico: Instead of Denying Crimes Against Humanity, Commit to Drug Policy Alternatives

Written by Camila Ruiz Segovia, an intern with the Drug Policy Alliance and a member of Brown University SSDP. This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog. Earlier this month, the Open Society Foundations published a ground-breaking report, “Undeniable Atrocities”, … more

Here Is Everything that Happened During UNGASS Week

The long-awaited United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) was a victory on paper for defenders of the status quo, but it’s clear that overall support for the international drug control regime is rapidly decreasing across the world. The weak … more

Are Drug Policies Protecting Youth?

Written by Sarah Merrigan, SSDP UNGASS Coordinator Intern and member of the Board of Directors “But what about the children?” is a question often asked during conversations about drug policy reform, but rarely answered by the children themselves. However, at … more

SSDP at the 59th Commission on Narcotic Drugs

  The 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is scheduled for March 14 – March 22 in Vienna, Austria. Over the next several days, member states will start their final preparations for the upcoming United Nations General … more

Calling All Student Artists and Creative Minds!


Are you an artist who has a message to share about the harms of the Drug War? Do you feel strongly about how international drug control regimes affect youth all across the globe? Can you utilize your creative talents to draw … more

Re-evaluating the Metrics of Drug Policy at the UN

Written by Rebecca Dayan, chapter leader of Sarah Lawrence College SSDP. On January 21st, the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP) launched its open letter titled “A Call for A Reprioritization of Metrics to Evaluate Illicit Drug Policy” … more

Our favorite 15 highlights of 2015

2015 was a banner year for SSDP, and you can read all about our favorite 15 highlights of the year below. With unprecedented opportunities for local, state, national, and international reform, 2016 could be even bigger with more chapter growth, … more

Summary of Activities for SSDP’s Model UNGASS General Assembly Session

Written by Rachelle Yeung ’12, President of SSDP’s Mid-Atlantic Region Alumni Association and co-host of This Week in Drugs. SSDP would like to thank our UNGASS Advisory Committee for devoting their time and expertise towards ensuring students were well prepared … more

Submit Your Idea for SSDP’s Action at the 2016 UNGASS!

Support Don't Punish DC

On Monday April 18th, SSDP students and allies will board busses from our annual conference in Washington, DC to New York City to join allies in public demonstrations drawing attention to the 2016 UNGASS. This is an opportunity to bring … more