Statement on Biden Harris First Year Drug Policy Priorities

While we support expanding access to treatment and reducing barriers to young people who are seeking treatment, there are no steps being taken to support YPWUD that do not want to and will not stop using drugs. The administration’s approach to youth drug use does not align with their explicit commitment to “promot[e] harm reduction efforts.”


Staying Above the Influence of Drug War Propaganda

October 17 is “Above the Influence Day”and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is encouraging people and organizations across the country to participate in training webinars that will undoubtedly be chock full of misinformation and scare tactics. So, we’re encouraging you to live above the influence, too, — above the influence of uninformed drug war propaganda. To help

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Operation Hemisphere: the White House's secret program to spy on citizens in the name of drug prevention

The New York Times revealed on September 1 that the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)  — the same folks who brought us ads about marijuana users eating their own fists and other reefer madness messages — has secretly run a program that provides vast access to phone data records spanning a 26 year period. The program offers

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SSDP on C-SPAN Confronting the White House

This morning the Center for Strategic & International Studies hosted a discussion with R. Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The discussion was attended by a diverse set of individuals representing various non-profit and advocacy organizations, as well as at least one Ambassador from another country (Costa Rica). Kerlikowske started the discussion with a

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Further reflections on the United Nations from SSDP

The two speakers whose words resonated with me the most were H.E. Harold Caballeros of Guatemala and David K. Mineta of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). As Mahogany outlined in her earlier post, Caballeros stated that Guatemala is in the worst possible position for stability; the country is located between the biggest drug producer in the world

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House Cuts Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to Zero

When I attended SSDP’s National Training Conference and Lobby Day in March 2011, one presenter after another told me we had the power to make the change we want to see in the world. I have to say that I was a little skeptical.   The main focus of the conference was to train me and my fellow student activists how

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It's just a softball game …vs. the Drug Czar's team

SSDP is the official sponsoring organization for The One Hitters, a co-ed recreational softball team in the Congressional League in Washington DC, established in 2002 our team is comprised of individuals who work for or support marijuana and other drug law reform. This year, we’re officially 2-1 so far, but if I do say so myself, we’re not too shabby. Being

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Policies Fail to Decrease Teen Marijuana Use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2010 CONTACT:  Jonathan Perri, SSDP National Associate Director – (401) 265-9445 Increase in Teen Marijuana Use Due to Failed Policies, Not Medical Marijuana More High School Seniors Now Smoking Marijuana than Cigarettes, According to Survey WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Officials at Students for Sensible Drug Policy claim that a new survey by the University of Michigan showing the highest rates of

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Ask the Drug Czar a Question!

True. Drug Czar John Walters will be replaced shortly. But lets not make these last two months any easier for him. Take just a few minutes to ask him a question or two about U.S. drug policy with this nifty form on the White House website. Some topics to ask him about: Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity HEA Aid Elimination Penalty Prohibition Related Violence in

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Extreme Ecstasy Gains Attention

Just when you think the ONDCP couldn’t backtrack anymore, John Walters warns us of the dangers of “extreme ecstasy“. Why would anyone try to label ecstasy as extreme in the hopes that it would scare young people away from using it? Has the ONDCP ever seen the X-Games or what about Extreme Doritos? The word extreme has been used over

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