January Monthly FYI

Here’s what’s going on in the SSDP network this month:

Recent chapter accomplishments

Midwest Region
  • Luke Zona from Bowling Green State University took his naloxone recommendations to the university chief of police, fire, and public health, and they thought it was such a good idea they’re beginning to work to implement it in the entire county.
  • Reid Murdoch and Sam Estenson of University of Michigan Law are involved with a harm reduction spoke of the local opiate crisis task force. The task force has invited our chapter leaders to their meeting in January where they will work on various policy proposals.
Pacific Region
  • Katie Stone, Eric Gudz and Catherine Gilbert from UC Davis testified at city planning commission and convinced them to not ban medical cannabis in the city of Davis. 40 people were there and weren’t expecting to hear about medical cannabis.
  • 70 people showed up at UC Berkeley’s MDMA Health and Safety event.
Northeast Region
  • Leland Radovonovic and Jake Plowden, from CUNY Baruch SSDP, and SSDP Board member Stephanie Izquieta participated in the filming of a DPA short film centered around youth drug education.
Southwest Region International Region
  • Jacob van Loghem from University of Auckland has been in touch with a member of the Auckland city council who is head of a department called Community Action Youth and Drugs. They are working together to create an Advocacy Alliance with members of SSDP, council, and relevant professional areas to educate and push for change.

New chapters

Midwest Region Pacific Region Southwest Region  

Upcoming Events (chapter and partner orgs)

  • April 15 – 17, 2016; Washington, DC: SSDP2016
  • Submit session proposals here
Southwest Region
  • New Mexico State Lobby Day, January 26, 2016 at the New Mexico State Senate and New Mexico State House of Representatives, Santa Fe, NM 87501
  • Arizona State Lobby Day, Date TBD at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007
  As you know, most SSDP chapters are just getting back to campus this week or next. Watch for upcoming events in February in the next Monthly FYI.  

SSDP Staff Recommended reading/links/resources

  That’s all for this month; now get out there and change some laws!