Tag: New York

16
May

Finding my passion for harm reduction

In high school, I dated someone who I thought was going to be my soulmate for almost 4 years. After watching his life change due to his chaotic relationship with opiates, and knowing I would never be able to help him, I became inspired to go to college and become a therapist specializing in substance use disorders. During and after

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27
Jan

Introducing the Syracuse University SSDP Chapter

I’m thrilled to announce that we have a new SSDP chapter in New York at Syracuse University! I spoke with the chapter leader, Analise Sesay, about what they have accomplished so far and discussed their goals for the future. How did you hear about SSDP? I was referred to SSDP by Kamani Jefferson. Why did you want to get involved/what made you

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10
Oct

Introducing the Ithaca College SSDP Chapter!

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has returned to Ithaca College! After being inactive for a couple of years, the chapter has been revived by TJ Horgan, a sophomore journalism major. After chatting with me a month ago he immediately went to work forming an executive board and hosting an inaugural meeting. I spoke with TJ and his exec board

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19
Sep

The Criminal Justice Approach to Opiate Abuse is Failing in New York

Written by SUNY Albany Graduate School SSDP chapter leader Lauren Parasconda. The Opiate Epidemic in the United States has expanded into many cities, towns, and states across the U.S at an alarming rate over the last few years. In New York City alone, Staten Island is currently leading the way in the number of opiate/heroin-related deaths amongst the other 4

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12
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the SUNY Albany Graduate School Chapter!

I’m thrilled to introduce our newest SSDP chapter in New York at SUNY Albany Graduate School! Over the past year, the SUNY Albany SSDP chapter has been among the most efficient and active chapters in the entire network. Several of the members, including chapter leader Lauren Parasconda, graduated last year and made the decision to start up a new SSDP

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18
Jul

A Response to the Brooklyn K2 Overdoses

In response to an article comparing people under the influence of the synthetic cannabis substance K2 to “the walking dead,” CUNY Baruch SSDP chapter leader Leland Radovanovic submitted the following editorial to the NY Daily News.  Prohibition strikes again, this time in the form of a synthetic pseudo cannabinoid created as an alternative to cannabis that doesn’t show up on

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4
Apr

NY SSDP Students Lobby to End Discrimination on College Application

Written by SSDP NY State Policy Intern and New York University SSDP Chapter Leader Robert Belpasso IOur lobby day aimed to draw support for legislation that would declare criminal history screenings on the college application a discriminatory process. Senate Bill 969, introduced by Senator Velmanette Montgomery, would restrict all New York institutions of higher education from performing criminal history screenings

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25
Jan

SSDP Introduces our 2016 State Policy Interns

Pushing the State Policy Envelope As our national staff continues to grow, we are very excited to announce that we are piloting new state policy internships in New Mexico, New York, and Arizona this year. The State Policy Interns are primarily responsible for monitoring, analyzing, reporting on, and developing appropriate student response to state-level drug policy, particularly those policies which

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8
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Chapter

I am pumped to introduce our newest chapter in New York at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute! With the addition of RPI, SSDP now has a presence on 18 campuses in New York, one of the highest totals of any state in the country. In the month since this chapter started up, I have been blown away by their organization, compassion, and

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30
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the Hunter College Chapter

I am thrilled to announce our newest chapter in New York City, Hunter College! Chapter leader Sabrina Bodé is an SSDP veteran, having previously served as chapter leader of the SUNY New Paltz chapter before transferring to Hunter this semester. She has already made an impact on her campus and is striving to create a vibrant network of student activism

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