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14
Jul

Less Than 50 Days Until International Overdose Awareness Day

With less than 50 days to go until International Overdose Awareness Day, now is the time to start planning your event, if you haven’t started already. For those who aren’t used to organising events, don’t worry, we have a fantastic bank of event ideas, big and small, created by the Penington Institute. There’s one for everyone! Advocacy  Influencing policy is

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19
Jan

Introducing SSDP Netherlands

Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests, and why you decided to start a chapter.  My name is Dennis Lemke. I am a 20-year-old student starting my first year of a Bachelor’s in Psychology (international track) at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I originally come from Germany, but moved to the Netherlands 5 months

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18
Dec

Introducing SSDP Rwanda

This is an interview with Justin Nkunzimana ‘20, chapter leader of SSDP Rwanda  Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. My name is Justin Nkunzimana and I am advocate for peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. I am student at the University of Rwanda and I am

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30
Oct

Sign Up for our United Nations Training

Are you interested in global drug policy? Would you like to learn more about the United Nations and how Students for Sensible Drug Policy advocates there? Sign up for our United Nations training series! SSDP has been advocating at the United Nations for better drug policies for over five years. Every year we send a delegation of SSDPers to Vienna,

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27
Oct

Introducing SSDP Burundi

Lambert Nduwayezu is a writer, blogger and actor, he studied Economics at the University of Ngozi. A libertarian, he believes that individual and economic freedom is the only way for our Africa to prosper and dreams of an Africa where limited government serves the rule of law. So everyone is free to make their choice without any government intervention. He

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19
Oct

Organise a Screening: Taking Back What’s Ours!

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) and DrugReporter to coordinate showings of their newly released docuseries ‘Taking Back What’s Ours: An Oral History of the Movement of People Who Use Drugs’.  Each episode is dedicated to different regions and countries, and how the movement developed there. It’s

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15
Oct

Statement of Solidarity with the People of Nigeria

Students for Sensible Drug Policy stands in solidarity with the people of Nigeria protesting against the human rights abuses and police brutality committed by the Nigerian police force, particularly the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, also known as SARS. We condemn the actions of the Nigerian government, especially the infringing on the people’s right to protest by using violence and brutality, and

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8
Oct

Introducing SSDP Kenya

This article was written by SSDP Kenya Chapter Leader Marveine Atieno ’19. I am Marveline Atieno, a student at the University of Nairobi studying Political science and international relations. I am an upcoming activist and I decided to start the chapter because the previous team all graduated. I joined SSDP to stand for the rights of students who are currently

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8
Oct

Introducing SSDP King’s College London

This article was written by King’s College London Chapter Leader Emily Jones ’19 Hi, I’m Emily and I am a second-year student at King’s College London where I am studying a Pharmacology BSc. Aside from my degree, Music is a big passion for me and I have attended many music events and festivals over the past few years, often being

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16
Jul

SSDP Budapest’s International Panel for Support. Don’t Punish

SSDP’s international organising and relations is funded through the International Activities Fund. Please make a gift here here. Author: Beatrix Vas ‘ 19, SSDP Budapest Chapter Leader On June 26th, for the Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Budapest held a panel discussion titled “Young People in Drug Policy.” We were lucky enough to
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16
Jul

SSDP UK Coordinates Activities Across the Country for Support. Don’t Punish

SSDP’s international organising and relations is funded through the International Activities Fund. Please make a gift here here. Author: Iulia Vatau ‘19, University College London (UCL) Chapter Leader & SSDP UK Committee member   For the Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action, the SSDP UK Committee organised two webinars as part of Paradigma’s Decentralised Youth Drug Policy Conference, an
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14
Jul

Our global fight has never been more important

In the midst of our global public health crisis, vulnerable populations across the world are suffering the most, particularly people who use drugs, who lack access to health care and whose human rights are systematically denied. Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s global fight for the health, dignity, and rights of people who use drugs has never been more important.  Our
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10
Jun

SSDP UK Committee Statement of Solidarity

SSDP’s UK committee stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those currently protesting against police brutality in the US, the UK and across the globe. George Floyd was an unarmed black man who was killed after a police officer from Minneapolis, USA, kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes, while telling the police officers surrounding him

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11
May

3 Ways You Can Help Our Global Network

We just had our most accessible and diverse conference to date, and we hope you all really enjoyed it! We want to make sure we can make SSDP as accessible as possible for our members across the globe all year round. If you want to see some of the incredible achievements by the Global Program this year, take a look

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30
Mar

Support. Don’t Punish Applications Open: Deadline April 17th

If you would like to support the activities of the Global Program, consider donating to the International Activities Fund.   We’re coming up on that brilliant time of year, when SSDPers across the world join together to celebrate IDPC’s Support. Don’t Punish international day of action. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in a network wide campaign, where events

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29
Jan

Introducing the SSDP Africa Committee – Part Two

This Part Two of “Introducing the SSDP Africa Committee”, click here to read Part One. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is honoured to announce the establishment of the SSDP Africa Committee. As our network is expanding rapidly, committees and structures like this will help make sure everyone’s voice is heard. This committee will focus on ensuring the African perspective is

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29
Jan

Introducing the SSDP Africa Committee – Part One

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is honoured to announce the establishment of the SSDP Africa Committee. As our network is expanding rapidly, committees and structures like this will help make sure everyone’s voice is heard. This committee will focus on ensuring the African perspective is represented within the organization, creating a more cohesive structure for the African network and supporting

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21
Jan

SSDP at the UN – High Level Policy Advocacy Webinar

We are happy to announce the second date for our UN advocacy webinar on Thursday, January 30th at 17:30 CET (11:30am EST, 8:30am PST). If you would like to participate, please email Orsi at orsi.feher@ssdp.org! The webinar will follow the flow of SSDP’s Youth Advocacy Handbook, introducing the global drug control system and the latest developments taking place around the

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3
Jan

Setting the Records Straight: Response to CSOs Calling for Criminalization of Drug Use in Ghana

Students for Sensible Drug Policy joined with organisations from across Ghana and West Africa in response to a petition by 5 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) opposing the calls for decriminalisation of drug use and possession, particularly of cannabis. You can read more about the calls for decriminalisation in the region in the Model Drug Law for West Africa: A Tool

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23
Dec

Tell us how we’re doing: African Resource Feedback Form

Calling all SSDPers in Africa, we need your input! As you know, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy team has expanded recently to accommodate a vision of building a truly international network and reforming drug policies worldwide. Our global team has been working tirelessly to support our ever-growing and culturally diverse network. Now is your opportunity to tell us how

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20
Dec

World AIDS Day 2019: SSDP Nigeria Hosted a Symposium & Free HIV Testing

The World AIDS Day, 2019 was observed by SSDP Nigeria in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State. In honour of this year’s theme; “Communities Make the Difference”, SSDP Nigeria hosted a ‘Drugs and People’ Symposium to address the risks of needle sharing amongst People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), which exposes them to the risk of acquiring HIV. The symposium

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12
Dec

United Nations Drug Policy Advocacy Handbook Launch

After many months of hard work, we are delighted to launch our United Nations Advocacy Handbook. This handbook is an introduction to the Global Drug Control System and how you can influence it, no matter where you live. SSDP is dedicated to bringing the youth voice to drug policy reform and this is how you can do it at the

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4
Dec

Introducing SSDP Leeds

Matt Port from University of Leeds recently set up our newest chapter, SSDP Leeds. Here’s a short interview where he introduces himself and the chapter. Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. My name’s Matt and I’m doing the final year of my undergraduate English and Comparative Literature

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22
Nov

Tell us how we’re doing: European Feedback Form

Hey SSDPers in Europe, it’s your time to shine! As you know, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy staff has expanded in recent years with the vision of building a truly international network and reforming drug policies worldwide. Our Global Program Coordinator has been working tirelessly with our Global Fellows to support our ever-growing and culturally diverse network. Now is

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14
Nov

Community Chapters: What are they and how do I start one?

Students for Sensible Drug Policy membership is not limited to students. All who are interested in bringing the youth voice to drug policy reform are welcome! Because of this, our chapters have begun to take on a few different styles: we have campus-based chapters (our traditional chapter structure based in one school), national chapters (a chapter which consists of a

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