SSDP Report Card – December 2018

2018 was an incredible year for Students for Sensible Drug Policy, as you’ve seen in our annual report, read about in our annual top 10 list, and even heard in the news. We’re grateful for our 5,000+student members who are investing time in keeping their communities safe. We’re proud of the alumni who are carrying their SSDP values into their work and lives. Thank you to all of the volunteers, advocates, donors, leaders, and mentors who understand that a strong and supported youth movement is critical to any such change.  

And finally, thank you for defending the values of justice, safety, and education as we steer this monumental social change movement.

Please take a look at this month’s report card to learn more about our recent accomplishments, new activists and chapters, SSDP in the news, and recommended reading as we get 2019 off to a strong start for reform!

31 Countries
273 Campuses
4,134 Members

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CAT LEADERBOARD

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  1. Ferris State University
  2. University of Pittsburgh
  3. Dublin City University
  4. University of Texas Austin
  5. University of California Santa Cruz
  6. SUNY Binghamton
  7. University of Vienna
  8. DePaul University
  9. United Methodist University
  10. EPSD Mexico

MAKING SENSE

Czech Republic

Simon Kozak ‘18 of SSDP Czech Republic organized a panel discussion at his school to talk about cannabis legalization. The speakers were the head commander of the national anti-drug headquarters, a psychologist, an addiction specialist, and a professor who advocates for full legalization. The panel featured discussion on student activism and Simon introduced SSDP to the 80 attendees.

Israel

SSDP Israel met with members of the Israeli Knesset as part of a stakeholders meeting regarding harm reduction at music festivals. Knesset member Tamar Zandberg initiated the meeting after two high profile deaths at a music festival over the summer. At the meeting, they discussed drug testing at festivals, funding and institutionalizing safe spaces, investing in the education of safe use, cooperation between safe spaces and medics, and why police intervention is more harmful than helpful.

Mexico

EPSD Mexico members attended a forum on Sacred Plants at the National Anthropology University where they shared information about the work of EPSD and discussed amending medical marijuana legislation so it is more accessible to low-income patients.

Nigeria

Moronfolu Adeniyi ’14 visited the Ministry of Health in Ogun State and met with the Director of Pharmaceutical Services to advocate for collaboration between the government and SSDP in Ogun State promoting health programs for people who use drugs and access to pain medication.

SSDP Nigeria hosted a Twitter chat regarding public health and drug policy, with a focus on discussing health impacts from policy on people who use drugs. They received over 30,000 impressions from the chat.

United States

Riley Tillitt ‘16 was selected as a 2019 Rhodes Scholar and will be pursuing post-graduate work at Oxford in public policy and criminal justice as a means to advance drug policy reform.

The University of Pittsburgh SSDP chapter successfully lobbied the heads of the department for student conduct to actively promote the school’s medical amnesty policy.

Eight Officers from the James Madison University SSDP chapter were certified by Virginia REVIVE, a part of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, as trainers for the Naloxone Administration program.

Chicago’s DePaul University chapter successfully changed campus policy through ending the school’s ban on naloxone. Student leaders are continuing to work with administrators to ensure DePaul’s new naloxone policy is implemented in a holistic way that provides harm reduction approaches to student substance use.

University of California Santa Barbara SSDP hosted our 2018 Pacific Regional Conference, bringing together students, alumni, and community members from the region for a weekend of learning and networking. Session topics included mass incarceration and environmental justice, all-drug decriminalization, lobbying training, the future of psychedelics in medicine, and empathy and harm reduction.

Occidental College SSDP held an event, “From the Festivals to the Streets: A Workshop to Fuse Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Community Mental Health” facilitated by SSDP Alumnus Irina Alexander ‘07 to cap off their “SSDP Week,” an educational campaign where the chapter distributes information throughout campus on drugs and harm reduction.

Dominique Coronel ‘18 from DePaul University SSDP and DePaul Alumnus Amy Hildebrand ‘16 met with Illinois’ Attorneys General to discuss the future of marijuana policy reform in Illinois.

NEW CHAPTERS

United States
  • Washington State University
  • University of Texas Arlington
  • University of California San Diego
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras
  • Duke University
Latin America
  • EPSD Ecuador
Africa
  • SSDP Zimbabwe
  • University of Nairobi (Kenya)
Europe
  • Maynooth University (Ireland)

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • SSDP2019 | March 29-31, 2019 near Chicago, IL

IN THE NEWS

SSDP Staff recommended reading/links/resources