Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

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Our Mission:

SSDP aims to reduce the harm from both drugs and policies on drugs. It focuses specifically on scaling back and ultimately reversing the drug war, which has been disproportionately waged in communities of color against the poor and mentally ill, in favor of a more compassionate, evidence-based approach to treating addiction that does not carry the same collateral costs as prohibition: a violent illicit market, contaminated substances, inefficient allocation of law enforcement resources, and so on. We envision a just future in which sick people need not face decades of incarceration to access treatment and in which no human beings are saddled with permanent criminal records for what they choose to put in their bodies. SSDP is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the drug war is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive drug war policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.

Our Activities:

Group Narcan Training Direct Service This will be a group training on how to administer Narcan, a drug which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This training will focus on how to administer, store, and access Narcan. It will also teach how to recognized the signs of an overdose and how to facilitate recovery. Narcan Certification Direct Service We will host a session for our members to get Narcan certification. Drug Information Panel Advocacy, or Activism Possibly over Zoom (or in-person abiding by COVID policies), we will host a panel on the topic of drug policy, usage, impacts, and reform. Organize Drug Policy Information Session/Pannel Advocacy, or Activism Our group hopes to organize another Drug Policy Information Session to discuss current policies and room for improvement.

Student Leaders:

Amanda Ivatorov - Coordinator/President

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