SSDP Report Card for September 2019

SSDP staff, board, students and alumni (about 30 people standing in rows, smiling) during the 2019 SSDP Strategy Summit - roughly 30 people smiling, standing in rows in front of trees

The SSDP Report Card for September is out! 

Read on for the latest in chapter news, see where our newest chapters have been founded, check out a growing list of events we’re proud to partner on, and — new this month! — a monthly roundup of Just Say Know drug education news and activities.

Thank you for staying in touch and for staying committed to our shared vision to end the War on Drugs and start making sense!

Action alerts 

New activists and chapters 

  • EPSD Colombia (Colombia)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Nebraska, United States)
  • University of North Georgia Oconee (Georgia, United States)
  • SSDP Chad (Chad)

CAT leaderboard

Click here to view the Chapter Activity Tracker 
  1. University of Pittsburgh
  2. DePaul University
  3. University of Texas Austin
  4. Ferris State University
  5. Ohio State University
  6. Kent State University
  7. United Methodist University
  8. University of Vienna
  9. University College Cork
  10. SUNY Albany


Network highlights 

  • George Washington University SSDP members occupied the Capitol Hill offices of Senators and Representatives, calling for swift action on the CARE Act, which would treat the overdose crisis as a public health emergency and allocate $10 million to expand access to treatment options, naloxone, and other resources. 
  • Golden Gate Law SSDP hosted an expungement clinic event and cannabis career fair to help individuals directly impacted by the War on Drugs find employment in the cannabis industry.
  • Rory O’Brien ’19, chapter leader of Minneapolis Community and Technical College SSDP met with Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Hayden and Rep. Tina Smith’s Staff to discuss improving sober housing regulations. 
  • Leaders of University College Cork SSDP Ruby Lawlor ‘17, Florian Schiebien ‘11, Fergal Eccles ‘17 and SSDP Global Program Coordinator Róisín Downes ‘15 were interviewed for a television segment on RTE’s Prime Time about youth recreational drug use. They discussed the need for comprehensive front of house drug testing and credible drug education.
  • Ferris State University SSDPers registered 215 voters.
  • University of Massachusetts Boston SSDP chapter leader Christian Palmero ‘17 moderated a panel on social equity in the cannabis industry at the Boston Freedom Rally.
  • SSDP Nigeria held it’s monthly WhatsApp Drug Talk with over 158 participants (the most ever to join since the program began!) during which new member Frederick Edache ’19, a psychologist and mental health consultant, held a presentation on “The Challenge of Drug Withdrawal.” 
  • SSDP Nigeria Vice President Benedicta Uweru ‘19, organized the Youth Voices Conference in Kebbi State, Nigeria. The discussions identified challenges in the state relating to drug use, and the stigmatization that has prevented many from seeking help. Solutions to these challenges were proffered which will be documented using the model United Nations style as policy recommendations and sent to the government of Kebbi State.
  • Abhi Dewan ’18 of George Washington University SSDP testified in front of D.C. Council in support of two medical marijuana bills prohibiting pre-employment drug testing of employees in the district.

SSDP in the news 

From the blog

Just Say Know monthly drug education roundup

Cannabis vaping and medical injuries

After reports of hospitalizations due to respiratory problems associated with contaminants found in THC vape oil products, government officials and the media took action to report on and address the scare. Despite the injuries being clearly linked to illicit THC vape cartridges, more and more elected officials called for banning flavored e-cigarette liquid as a response.

Ireland’s approach to drug use on campus

Our members at University College Cork (UCC) have recently been challenged by their administration for their use and distribution of drug checking kits, despite having previously been approved to use the kits.. Coincidentally, the Minister of State, Mary Mitchell O’Connor launched a Task Force to “deal with drug and substance abuse within higher education institutions.” 

Upcoming opportunities and trainings

Implementation of a Collaborative Model for Opioid Overdose Prevention on Campus, October 10th, 2:00 pm EST Psychedelic Science Summit, Austin, Texas – November 2-3

Red Ribbon Week PSA contest 

Red Ribbon Week is coming up! Red Ribbon Week is one of the least effective drug prevention strategies in existence, so naturally, the feds are asking for PSAs! We WOULD LOVE if we could run a series of our very own harm reduction and actual drug education focused PSAs during the same time to counter theirs! Please submit videos to Director of Drug Education, Vilmarie at by October 18th. Check out this older blog post of ours about how to do it! 

Threshold Foundation grant for Just Say Know Psychedelic Pipeline

SSDP is honored and grateful to have received a grant from the Threshold Foundation to support our #JustSayKnow program, and the development of the Psychedelic Pipeline! Want a career in psychedelic-assisted therapy, research, policy, etc, but aren’t sure where to start? We got you. Read the latest blog for more information about the vision for this program and what we hope to accomplish!

Just Say Know training lessons – now on YouTube!

In an effort to address the needs and learning styles of our members, Vilmarie is working on developing webinar versions of all of our Just Say Know peer education training curriculum lessons. The first three lessons are now available on our YouTube channel on the newly created Just Say Know playlist. We will soon have each training curriculum lesson recorded! 

Upcoming events and days of action

Recommended reading

Member discounts & givebacks