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1
Oct

Introducing Los Angeles Community College SSDP

Written by Lucca Pastore ‘20, Los Angeles Community College Chapter LeaderHow did you hear about SSDP?I heard about Students for Sensible Drug Policy through social media. Specifically Instagram, and even more specifically from an account called @25i_nbomeme. The admin of this account posts a lot of funny bilingual memes and also talks a lot about harm reduction on his page,

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9
Jul

SSDP Students launch global Black Lives Matter Hackathon

Written by Shot Khan '16, co-founder of James Madison University SSDP As a Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter founder, a DanceSafe chapter President, and a Computer Scientist, I have always wanted to merge my passions of Computer Science and Criminal Justice together. So, this past year,  another SSDPer who started JMU Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Virginia DanceSafe
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2
Jul

Drug Use and the LGBTQ+ Community – Taking Pride in Harm Reduction

This piece was originally published by YouthRISE Executive Director Ailish Brennan as a Press Release for SSDP Ireland for both Support. Don’t Punish. and Pride Weekend Celebrations in Ireland. Pride has become a time defined by love and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community (LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and the + is for everyone else who identifies

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1
Jul

Introducing Northwestern SSDP

By Rosalind Wang ‘20 and Shareef Jabba ‘20, Northwestern SSDP Co-Chapter Leaders How did you hear about SSDP? Rosalind: I first heard about SSDP on MAPS’ website. It immediately drew my attention, and I was astonished when I found out Northwestern did not have a chapter. I believe organizations like SSDP would contribute a lot to my school. Shareef: I

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18
Jun

Introducing University College London

Author: Iulia Vatau ‘20, Chapter Leader Tell me a bit about yourself: what do you study, what are your interests and why have you decided to start a chapter? My name’s Iulia and I am a second-year student at University College London, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics of the Americas. My courses introduced me and gradually sparked

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18
Jun

‘Medicinal Cannabis ‘ll boost Nigeria’s economy’

Author: Saheed Ibrahim ’18, SSDP Nigeria This article was originally published by The Hope Newspaper, to read the original article click here. President of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), Nigeria chapter, Mr Olufemi Bashorun has advised state and federal governments to exploit the medicinal cannabis market to boost the nation’s crumbling economy. This call came on the heels of

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18
Jun

Stigmatization and its Effects on Women Who Use Drugs

Author: Dele Fayemi ‘18, SSDP Nigeria This article was originally published by DPH News, to view the original article click here. According to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which was adopted in 1979, discrimination is defined thus: Any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of the sex which has the

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9
Jun

Participate in the Global Drug Survey

Got a spare 15 minutes? The Global Drug Survey wants to know about your drug and alcohol use during COVID-19. The Global Drug Survey (GDS) runs the world’s biggest annual drug survey. Consistent with their mantra of having “honest conversations about alcohol and other drugs”, the GDS asks people around the world about their recreational drug habits through a confidential

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20
May

Harm Reduction & Drug Prevention: Civil Society’s Search For Common Ground

Author: Jacob Chagnon ’17 One of the most valuable aspects of attending the annual Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is the opportunity to collaborate with other civil-society groups. This work extends beyond attending the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)-sponsored programming–the plenary, the side events–and beyond our network of youth-focused civil society, Paradigma. While many Non Governmental Organisations

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26
Feb

Leeds University Union Mandated to Supply Reagent Kits to the Student Body

Written by: Matt Port ‘19 SSDP Leeds Chair and SSDP UK Committee Chair This year, Leeds University Union (LUU) passed a referendum that requires them to provide free reagent drug checking kits on campus! This a direct result of the actions of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Leeds, and we’re so excited about working with LUU on making it happen.

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26
Feb

The First 6 Months of Starting a Chapter – Trinity College Dublin

Written by Trinity College Dublin Chapter Vice President Amie Hogan ’19. After our President, Eolann Davis ‘19, spoke about establishing a chapter in Trinity, I couldn’t not get involved. I was shocked that something like this didn’t already exist in my university, especially with the increasing amounts of students using drugs. Establishing this chapter was not completely plain sailing. Our

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9
Dec

Expectations Vs. Reality: The Concerning Yet Hopeful Nature of UAE Drug Policy

This is an article by former Chapter Leader, Jacob Chagnon ’17, about his experiences running Students for Sensible Drug Policy Abu Dhabi and attending the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. If you’d like to support our non US chapters and our efforts at the United Nations, please donate to the International Activities Fund. One quick Google search about drug laws in

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27
Nov

Politics and Harm Reduction: Four Countries’ Syringe Access Stories

This article was originally published by Filter, an online magazine covering drug use, drug policy and human rights through a harm reduction lens. Follow Filter on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for its newsletter.  Drug policy varies greatly among European countries, despite common foundations in UN treaties or EU strategies. In this article I’ll review syringe service programs (SSPs) in four East-Central European countries—the Czech Republic,

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7
Aug

The Importance of Drug Checking

by Evan Hazlett '17 of DePaul University SSDP A lesson I have learned over the course of my life is that it is important to establish your guiding principles and ethics as an individual in our beautiful, yet corrupt, world, and truly live by those principles and ethics. When it comes to drug use and addressing its harms, it is
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24
Jul

Meet Declan Moore ’15 from SSDP Ireland

This post is part of a series highlighting our network outside of the United States. This work would not be possible without the support of the International Activities Fund. I’m delighted to share a blog post written by one of our most dedicated activists, Declan Moore ‘15. Declan won Outstanding Student Organiser 2019 and has been one of our most

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22
May

The Importance of Staying Involved in our Community: A message from a new Alumni Member

This post is by Rachel Mass ’15 and is part of a series written by SSDP Alumni for #SSDPAlumni Week. Join today! In Spring 2015, the second semester of my freshman year at Kent State University, I decided to attend a documentary screening hosted by the Kent State University chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The documentary was The

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21
May

The Power of the SSDP Family: A message from an alum of three chapters

Photo: from left to right, Samantha Wyler ’12, Robert Hofmann ’16, and Rachel Wissner ’11. Credit: Mariah Gaither ’16.This blog post is by Samantha Wyler ‘12 and is part of a series written by SSDP Alumni for #SSDPAlumni Week. Join today! There are many reasons why SSDP is such a special organization, it’s hard for me to think of how

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31
Aug

On International Overdose Awareness Day, an Introduction and Call to Action

Written by Kevin Franciotti ’06, Alumni Association Blog Author Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day of great significance for many in the SSDP Family. As your new Alumni Association Blog Author, I have chosen this important day to contribute my first blog post and write about my personal experience. It’s not often I’m able to be so forthcoming

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16
Mar

How the #SSDP2018 Hype Can Help You

Making the Most Out of the Experience of an SSDP Conference Written by Amy Hildebrand, Illinois State Policy Intern The annual SSDP International Conference is nothing short of a whirlwind. A weekend that is filled with moving speakers and impactful panels, reunions with old friends and internet friends and the blossoming of new collaborations, communities and cohorts. I think we

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30
Jan

The Conference Crash is Real! How to Decompress after #SSDP2017 – From the Archive

Written by SSDP Alum Irina Alexander. Originally posted March 30, 2017 3 days?! Was that really just 3 days? No way. It’d be against the rules of physics to squeeze that many new lifelong friendships, moving stories, cuddle (and huddle) puddles, and most inspiring panels in SSDP history all into the finite confines of 72 hours… right? If you’re like

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10
Jan

SSDP Congress 2018: Call for Student Directors and Chapter Resolutions

From Friday, March 2nd to Monday, March 5th, 2018, SSDP will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary at SSDP2018, this year’s International SSDP Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In line with our values of democracy, transparency, and accountability, SSDP Congress convenes annually to give each chapter in the network the opportunity to elect new student members to the Board of Directors

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10
Jan

Outdated Drug Laws Limit Addiction Recovery Tools

Written by Ian Fignon ’13, alumnus of the University of Connecticut SSDP Chapter.  What if current drug laws prevented the use of a substance capable of significantly reducing opioid addiction with a single dose? Despite opioid overdose being the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 – with 91 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose [IF1] – overly

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7
Jun

Will we see you at SSDP’s Sensible Celebration?

Green Lion Partners is delighted to host this event with: The Arcview GroupAunt Zelda’sGateway WorksDr. Lakisha Jenkins, ND, RH (AHG)Law Offices of James AnthonyMassRootsMedicine Man TechnologiesMountain MedicineElizabeth NicholsNational Cannabis Industry AssociationTHC Staffing Group Green Lion Partners invites you to join us and Students for Sensible Drug Policy at a Sensible Celebration in Oakland on Monday, June 12. Green Lion Partners is a

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31
May

Join SSDP in Oakland for A Sensible Celebration

  Blue Frontiers is delighted to host this event with: Aunt Zelda’s Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, ND, RH (AHG) Law Offices of James Anthony MassRoots Medicine Man Technologies Mountain Medicine Elizabeth Nichols National Cannabis Industry Association THC Staffing Group Hey friends of sensible drug policy: I’m Randy Hencken, chair of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Board of Trustees and CEO of

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8
Mar

Understanding Person First Language

Written by SUNY New Paltz SSDP chapter leader Robert Hofmann When talking about drug policy reform, activists will encounter several terms used to describe people who use drugs. These terms can show us preconceived notions of drug users held by individuals who use them. While some people use negative and neutral terms interchangeably, different phrases can conjure up different feelings

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