Tag: harm reduction

23
Jul

Roosevelt University SSDP Successfully Enacts Campus Good Samaritan Policy

Written By: Vilamarie Narloch, Co-President of Roosevelt University SSDP Last week, I received an e-mail which included the sweet, sweet phrase that many of us SSDPers work long and hard to see, “After careful and detailed consideration, I am happy to say we will be adopting the Good Samaritan Protocol and it will be in place for this coming academic

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6
Jul

AMPLIFY Artist Interview – Jesse Miller of Lotus

We recently sat down with Jesse Miller of Lotus to hear his thoughts on the current state of US marijuana policy, the continued need for sensible reform, the importance of the live music community & youth speaking out plus the start & evolution of one of our longest supporting artists. Jesse Miller plays Bass & Sampler in Lotus, a five

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2
May

SSDP Welcomes the University of North Florida (UNF) Chapter!

Please welcome our newest official chapter, coming from Jacksonville, Florida, the University of North Florida (UNF)! The initial spark for the UNF chapter was put in place by our AMPLIFY Project, so I’d like to extend a special thanks to them for all of the hard work that they do!   I spoke with chapter founder, faculty advisor, and former

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1
Jun

AMPLIFYing Our Message

This past weekend, SSDP’s AMPLIFY team travelled to Chillicothe, Illinois to participate in the 12th annual Summer Camp Music Festival where several of our AMPLIFY artists were playing including Lotus, EOTO, Zoogma, Rubblebucket, and Indigo Sun. The AMPLIFY Project got invited back again, for the second year in a row, to participate in the Make A Difference tent. This is a space that

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22
Feb

Portugal's Innovative Drug Policies Face Austerity Threat

At conferences and forums around the world, the Portugal model of drug policy is lauded by academics, politicians and service providers and highlighted as an example of effective policy-making.  Ten years after decriminalizing personal use and possession of drugs and moving drug policy from being a law enforcement issue to one of public health, the results have been dramatic.  The future of

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9
Jun

Action Alert: Overdoses in NY

Here in New York, we’ve been hard at work trying to pass an Good Samaritan (or Medical Amnesty) bill that would protect individuals from criminal prosecution when calling 911 in an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency. This life-saving overdose prevention bill passed through the State Assembly last week and now we only have a few days left of the legislative

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31
Mar

Chapter Leader of the Week: Brandon Levey

Brandon Levey Junior at the University of Maryland, College Park Co-President with Zach Brown at UMD SSDP (longest active chapter in SSDP history, and still going strong!) SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? LEVEY: I first got active in SSDP at the end of my first semester in college, in the spring semester of 2009. I looked through

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29
Mar

Outstanding Student Activist Award: Katharine Celentano

Earlier this month over 400 people gathered at our 2011 Training Conference and Lobby Day, and to wrap things up on the last day, SSDP recognized the achievements of several extraordinary student and non-student members during the Awards Ceremony and Benefit Concert. In the coming weeks, keep an eye out as we will write one blog post for each award recipient

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3
Mar

UMD SSDP helps pass Good Samaritan Policy

Four years ago, as a sophomore at the University of Maryland (and at the time President of the UMD SSDP chapter), I was elected to the University Senate, the most powerful policy making body on campus, comprised of 90% faculty, and 10% students. In an effort to place myself in a position to influence campus drug policy, I sought and received

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17
Jan

Trevor Hosterman, Chapter Leader of the Week

Basics: Name: Trevor Hosterman Position: Co-founder/President, WCU SSDP School: West Chester University Major: Political Science Location: West Chester, PA SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? Trevor: I first got involved with SSDP in the fall of 2009 when my cofounder, Josh Merer, and I decided we wanted to make a change on our campus and in our community

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5
Jan

Petition to retain Hungary's Evidence Drug Policy

The European Union continues to register deep divisions in drug policy. On the one hand there’s Portugal, scion of the progressive movement, a country that offers treatment over incarceration for small amounts of possession. And on the other hand there’s Hungary, where years of progressive organizing around drug issues may have just evaporated, returning instead to the bete noire of prohibition. Hungary’s

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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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11
Aug

SSDP at D.A.R.E. Conference

It has been four years since I represented SSDP at the D.A.R.E. conference, a gathering of hundreds of well-intentioned police officers from across North America who teach misinformation and scare tactics rather than honest, reality based drug education. Well, here I am in San Antonio, TX, getting ready to do it again. And after watching this promo video, I have to tell you,

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