International

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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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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6
Mar

Things that aren’t Cannabis – CND Day 3

These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Authors: Alex Betsos (CSSDP) It’s day 3 of the 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Today was the day for cannabis to be

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5
Mar

The Early Rising Youth Activists

These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Author: Ailish Brennan (Youth RISE) The Second Day of the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs started bright and early with

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3
Mar

The Beginning of the most boring CND – or is it

  These blog posts are made in collaboration between CSSDP, SSDP and Youth RISE as part of our joint effort to provide youth with information about the Commission of Narcotic Drugs. We are the Paradigma Coalition. Authors: Alex Betsos (CSSDP) and Róisín Downes (SSDP) Today is the 1st day of the 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

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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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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 United Nations: High-Level Policy Advocacy Webinar

We are happy to announce the second date for our United Nations Advocacy Webinar on Thursday, January 30th at 17:30 CET (11:30am EST, 8:30am PST). If you would like to participate, please email me at orsi.feher@ssdp.org. The webinar will follow the flow of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Youth Advocacy Handbook, introducing the global drug control system and the latest
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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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7
Jan

Updates from the 62nd Reconvened Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and How You Can Get Involved!

Written by Orsi Fehér ’16, SSDP’s European Global Fellow SSDP’s delegation to the 62nd reconvened session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) featured Jessica Steinberg from Oxford University, Panagiotis Sevris from SSDP Vienna, and Orsi Fehér, SSDP’s Global Fellow. While the session itself mainly dealt with administration and budgetary discussion and, as such, didn’t contain as much excitement as

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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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11
Dec

United Nations Common Position on Drug Decriminalisation

If you would like to support our United Nations efforts, you can do so by donating to the International Activities Fund. Earlier this year, the Chief Executives Board (CEB) of the United Nations (representing 31 UN agencies) adopted a common position on drug policy that endorses decriminalisation of possession and use of scheduled substances. While a number of UN agencies

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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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22
Oct

Open call: SSDP Africa Committee

Do you want to elevate the African voice within Students for Sensible Drug Policy? Do you want to strengthen the African Network? Submit an application to join the SSDP Africa Committee! This voluntary committee is intended to represent the interests of the African Network within SSDP. To apply to sit on the committee, please fill out this application form. Selected

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21
Oct

Introducing SSDP Durham!

Here is an interview with Dasha Anderson, the chapter leader of our newest chapter, SSDP Durham! Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. My name is Dasha, I’m a Durham University 4th year student studying towards an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. I’ve had an interest in drugs and

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30
Sep

UN Update: Noteworthy Tidbits About The Progress in Global Cannabis Policy reform

On September 23, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) convened in Vienna for the 5th intersessional meeting. Here is the low-down. What is CND? And what is an Intersessional? The CND is the main decision-making body of the United Nations in all drug control related matters. They make those decisions every March and convene meetings between the March sessions to

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30
Sep

The First African Leaders Training Session

On September 23rd, Róisín Downes ‘15 held SSDP’s first African Leaders Training Session. 20 leaders from across the continent joined the call to learn more about SSDP and how we organize in the African context. The training consisted of an explanation of SSDP’s mission, vision and values, and discussing what those mean to our African members. Following that, we reviewed

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15
Aug

Meet our newest chapter, SSDP Uganda

The War on Drugs is a global one, and we cannot end it without supporting work internationally. Will you help us end it by making a gift to our International Activities Fund today? My name is Nyanda Julius ‘19 and I am the chapter leader of SSDP Uganda. I’m a Ugandan medical student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medicine and

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