Tag: just say know


SSDP Just Say Know: Tailoring our program for middle and high school youth

Several months ago, we announced that we hired James Gould ’15 and Sarah Diem ’15 as Interns under the SSDP Just Say Know Peer Education program. James and Sarah are tailoring our Just Say Know resources, which are targeted toward college-age students, for a younger demographic and presenting it to 8th and 11th grade students at a Denver public school.

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Introducing the 2nd Edition of SSDP’s Just Say Know Peer Education Training!

    At #SSDP2016, we launched the first edition of our Just Say Know Peer Education training curriculum. Since then, we’ve had over 80 students engage in the curriculum, providing much needed feedback, time, support, and help in the development of our 2nd Edition.     Thanks to the time and efforts of many, especially our SSDP certified Peer Educators

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SSDP Just Say Know Harm Reduction PSA Contest

Many students have memories of drug education programming they’ve experienced. Some might even recall Red Ribbon weeks, which take place each year from October 23rd through October 31st. The National Family Partnership (NFP) (of which Nancy Reagan was honorary chair) started the campaign in 1988 as a response to the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena in 1985. The premise

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Recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. IOAD spreads the message

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SSDP Just Say Know: Introducing our New Interns!

The SSDP Just Say Know program has had a great first year! With updating the resources for the 2nd Edition of the training curriculum (coming soon!), and reformatting the delivery of the training to make it more accessible and easy to complete for all of our students, it is setting up to be even better for next year. Fortunately for
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SSDP Just Say Know: Talking to Your Parents about Drugs

Drug education is a complicated issue. Often, young people are expected to take whatever education is given to them at face value, and expect that the “adults” - their teachers, mentors, elders, and parents - are knowledgeable (and truthful) about the issues. However, when the time comes to ask the really complicated questions about drugs and drug use, youth are
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The D.A.R.E. Generation Speaks Out

 As a member of the D.A.R.E. generation, I have a lot of interesting memories of my participation in the widespread drug education program that was all the rage in the 90s. Many SSDPers will be aware that the program was deemed ineffective in preventing drug use among youth (thanks, science)! Despite this, many communities continue to implement the program or
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Participate in NIDA National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week!

Each year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse team up to facilitate National Alcohol and Drugs Fact Week (NADFW), which promotes events and campaigns organized by and for youth to learn about drugs. The week includes an online chat where students can ask hard-hitting questions about drugs of NIDA experts.  

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SSDP Welcomes Vilmarie Narloch, Psy.D. as Drug Education Manager

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is thrilled to welcome Vilmarie Narloch, Psy.D. (’09) as our new Drug Education Manager. In this role, Vilmarie will oversee the development and implementation of the SSDP Peer Education Program, which will certify SSDP members to deliver our Just Say Know drug education program to their peers. Additionally, she will keep staff and the network educated on

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Just Say Know: Disclosing Drug Use

As Peer Educators introduce ideas, facilitate discussions, and encourage others to share their experiences, one may be asked about personal experiences. In order to remain professional and unbiased, facilitators should consider what is appropriate to share, and when it is fitting to share with their audience. Audience members might ask about a facilitator’s personal experiences using a substance out of

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