Tag: overdose

27
Dec

SSDP’s Top 10 Highlights of 2018

Students for Sensible Drug Policy did some amazing things in 2018. Our thoughtful, bright, and impressive young activists made huge strides towards SSDP’s vision of a post-prohibition future where safety, justice, and education are prioritized in drug policy. There’s no better time than right now to help us celebrate 20 years and the start of 2019 by making a year-end

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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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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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31
Aug

We Need to Do More to Address Drug Overdoses

Today (August 31st) is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event that aims reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, remember those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose, and to spread the message that the tragedy of overdose is preventable. This blog post was written by SSDP Alumna Elizabeth Kinnard, who now works for Community Catalyst’s

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6
Aug

Join Activists Across the World for International Overdose Awareness Day (Aug 31)

This August 31st, thousands across the world will join together for International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event that aims to raise awareness about overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and spread the message that the tragedy of overdose is preventable. It is also a time to remember family and friends who have passed away as a result of

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2
Apr

2014 Northeast Regional Conference was a Success!

On Saturday, March 29th, dozens of SSDP students, supporters, and alumni gathered at West Chester University in Pennsylvania for the 2014 SSDP Northeast Regional Conference! The event was a huge success, with roughly 80 students and experts in drug policy reform joining together for an unforgettable day packed full of drug policy oriented events. Many of the events themselves were

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5
Sep

Lessons We Can Learn: The Taboo That Ended Electric Zoo

This blog was written by Garrett Llopiz, the Founder & President of the University of North Florida SSDP chapter, and also one of the Florida Regional Organizers for the AMPLIFY Project.   “It’s not a war on drugs; it’s a war on personal freedom. Keep that in mind at all times.” Bill Hicks said it the best, and this war on personal

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28
Aug

Organize a "die-in" at your school this Friday on International Overdose Awareness Day

Demonstrations on college campuses can be a powerful way to draw attention to an issue. This Friday, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, and we think it’s an excellent opportunity for our students to participate in a direct action during the first weeks of school. We’ve put together some resources to help you make this happen. 1) Choose a

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19
Apr

911 Good Samaritan Legislation Introduced in Washington, DC

A bill that would provide immunity from legal repercussions for minor drug offenses when calling for emergency aid during an overdose was introduced in the Council of the District of Columbia on Tuesday. Council members Phil Mendelson and Tommy Wells are sponsors of the legislation.   Currently titled the “Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Amendment Act of 2012,” Bill B19-0754 would

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7
Feb

Governor Quinn Signs Good Samaritan Bill into Illinois State Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield, IL – Yesterday, February 6th, Governor Quinn signed SB 1701 (known better as the Good Samaritan Policy or Overdose Immunity Bill), which has been on his desk since December 16th, marking the first time any policy of this sort has passed into law in Illinois.  In layman’s terms, it establishes extended rights for drug offenders calling on behalf

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