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...
World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back This past Tuesday, July 28th, over 200 organizations around the world commemorated World Hepatitis Day by hosting events and campaigns, doing public outreach, and raising awareness about the often misunderstood viruses. Over 400 million people...
Test It Before You Ingest It

Test It Before You Ingest It

Hilary Agro How do you know that what’s in a wine bottle is actually wine? Well, unless you bought it in a used plastic bottle from a guy at an abandoned construction site who wouldn’t tell you his name, you know it’s wine because it’s...
Drug Users Memorial Day

Drug Users Memorial Day

Kelly Pflug-Back The facts are in: Ontario is officially suffering from an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, and has been for at least the past 15 years. According to the Prescription for Life report, which was released by the Municipal Drug Strategy...
Extract Trial Update

Extract Trial Update

Patients Weigh in on the Extract Trial Kelly Pflug-Back  On June 11th 2015, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of legalizing medical cannabis in all forms. The ruling was unanimous, meaning that all seven judges on the panel agreed with this decision. Previously,...
Evolve Devolving as Insurance Company Pulls Support

Evolve Devolving as Insurance Company Pulls Support

Alex Betsos In a stunning article from the CBC yesterday, those of us that work in harm reduction and drug policy dropped our jaws in utter excitement at the prospect that Evolve Music Festival in Nova Scotia was offering testing kits to partygoers. This was a big...