An Interview with Heather D’Alessio

In brief, how did you get interested in being involved in drug policy in Canada? My interest in drug policy started out as a fascination with drugs when I was in high school. I was really interested in all aspects of drugs: their medicinal value, their historical...
An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Three)

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Three)

What are some local examples that show the positive impacts of harm reduction? There’s an organization in Montreal called Group de recherche et d’intervention psychosociale (GRIP). They are a francophone harm reduction group based on Montreal with whom I have...
An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Two)

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part Two)

What is your perspective on the theory of harm reduction as a philosophy? Harm reduction works from the perspective that you should meet people where they are rather than tell people what to do or not do. The reality is people will use drugs. If you solely tell people...
An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part One)

An Interview with Gonzo Nieto (Part One)

How did you become interested in being involved in drug policy in Canada? My interest with drug policy began with my own use, which started with cannabis as a teen. A lot of my peers were using drugs, both in high school and university. That all began to get me...
Evidence-Based Drug Policy in Russia?

Evidence-Based Drug Policy in Russia?

A commentary on the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem Panel Discussion   Addiction (Source: Flickr)   At UNGASS, the Russian Federation hosted a panel discussion on the topic of science-based evidence and drug policy....
International Overdose Awareness Day 2016

International Overdose Awareness Day 2016

August 31st marked the 15th annual International Overdose Awareness Day. With events held around the globe, people living within a myriad of different drug policy frameworks put out a unified message: our friends and family are dying preventable deaths, and not enough...
Youth Report on Cannabis Legalization

Youth Report on Cannabis Legalization

Together with the support of Lift and the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), CSSDP hosted a youth roundtable in Toronto on September 7, 2016, providing a platform for young people to contribute input to the Task Force for Marijuana Regulation and...
#PsychedelicsBecause

#PsychedelicsBecause

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is proud to partner with Psymposia for the #PsychedelicsBecause campaign. Psymposia, a group of collaborative social activism projects based on psychedelics, plants, and policy, brought forward this campaign with the...
The Road to UNGASS

The Road to UNGASS

Michelle Thiessen This year’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) annual conference in Washington, D.C. occurred the weekend before the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, so some sessions were in preparation for this high-level...
Cannabis Legalization: Light at the end of the tunnel?

Cannabis Legalization: Light at the end of the tunnel?

Read the French translation. For the past four decades, politicians have argued that prohibitionist policies will keep drugs out of the hands of youth. As we’ve seen, the opposite has occurred and rates of drug use are higher than they used to be. Canadian youth lead...
UNGASS: An Overview

UNGASS: An Overview

It was a week of high hopes at the UN with Canadian Minister of Health Jane Philpott’s announcement of the country’s plan to legalize cannabis in Spring 2017. The Minister’s statement also focused on safe injection sites, naloxone distribution, support for people who use drugs, and harm reduction practices.

Current Research on Prevention

On January 26th 2016, CSSDP Okanagan, a fledgling chapter, hosted its first public information talk. Our guest speaker was Dr. Marvin Krank. He has extensive research experience in substance use, with a focus on use by adolescents. His presentation for us was, “In the...
Drug Policy & Colonialism

Drug Policy & Colonialism

Alexander Betsos Tweets by Juliana Willars (@LunaChick) The International Drug Policy Reform Conference takes place on the colonized territories of the Nacotchtank Native American people. Yet sitting in the crowded plenary hall I could not help but notice an absence...
Beyond Cannabis

Beyond Cannabis

Not Just About Cannabis Reform – It’s about Changing the World Alexander Betsos For ten years we have lived under Stephen Harper and his abhorrent approach to dealing with drug related issues. For the first time in 10 years the Liberals have Canadian Students for...
5 Ways Drug Policy can Prevent Overdoses

5 Ways Drug Policy can Prevent Overdoses

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, a day of mourning for friends, family and communities who have lost loved ones. Aiming to destigmatize grieving a person who died a drug-related death, the day is also about raising awareness. Overdoses don’t...