Tag: addiction

13
Dec

We should empower an industry that helps people with addiction

Written by Eitan Scher, chapter leader of Rutgers University SSDP. The following is a response to a December 4th editorial by former Member of Congress Patrick Kennedy titled “Legalize Weed? We should not empower an industry that profits from addiction”. Over 1,900 New Jersey residents died from an opioid overdose in the past year. Heroin-related deaths have doubled, and fentanyl-related

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8
Nov

Impressions from The 2017 European Ibogaine Forum

Written by Aria and Miri of University of Vienna SSDP The European Ibogaine Forum took place in Vienna, Austria from September 8-10, 2017. It was the first international meeting of its kind held in Vienna and an indication that a new wave of psychedelic research and culture has reached Austria. Although Vienna is home to the United Nations Office on Drugs

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29
Aug

August Monthly Mosaic: Prescription Opioids & the War on Drugs

TAKE ACTION Do an SSDP DARE and add your points on the SSDP Chapter Activity Tracker! Share this Monthly Mosaic on Facebook or Twitter using #MonthlyMosaic. (10 points) Submit a story/testimonial HERE for International Overdose Awareness Day 2017 — this can be anonymous (10 points) Write a paragraph in response to the Monthly Mosaic, and email it to Elise to

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2
Mar

Stigma, Addiction, & Recovery in Indonesia

SSDP Outreach Coordinator Jake Agliata was in Indonesia from February 14 to February 25 as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the American Council for Young Political Leaders. This is the second of several blog posts that will serve as a small window into what drug policy, direct service, and activism is like in Indonesia. The first post can

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27
Feb

February 2017 Monthly Mosaic: Love and Drugs- Social Alienation and Problematic Drug Use

In the 1980s, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America released a television advertisement showing a rat, alone, in a cage. The rat had been given two water bottles: one with plain water, and one laced with cocaine. “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of ten laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead.

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19
May

Recovery and Reform: An alum's journey back

Over seven years ago I co-founded the Northeastern University undergraduate chapter of SSDP. As a student in Boston during the 2008 election season, I was thrilled because also on the ballot that year was a vote on whether Massachusetts should decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Like many young people, I experimented with drugs in high school. While most of my

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25
Jan

Ibogaine Still Illegal in US, Despite Medical Potential

This article first appeared at http://the-libertarian.co.uk. Readers are probably familiar with LSD and MDMA (ecstasy), and may have heard of recent research on their medical uses. A lesser-known psychedelic drug, though, also shows potential despite federal prohibition. Ibogaine, extracted from the root bark of the iboga plant, shows great promise in treating drug addiction. Tabernanthe iboga, a tropical shrub, is

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19
Dec

The Story of Self, Us and Now

Yesterday in the weekly SSDP/UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) chapter meeting, each group member shared their story of “why” they are involved in drug policy in 2 minutes. The stories that emerged were powerful. Our UNAM students arrived to SSDP and drug policy in very different ways.  One student spoke about his fathers’ alcoholism and attending ALANON (family and friends of

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27
Nov

Chapter Leader of the Week: Katharine Celentano

Katharine: A few years ago, when I wasn’t even a student! I was taking time off from school for health reasons. I’d been interested in mental health advocacy since about 6th grade, but my experiences with some self-identifying addicts inspired my interest in drug policy reform more specifically. As stigmatized as I felt for my own struggles, I realized my

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