What We Stand For
We are a grassroots network comprised of youth and students who are concerned about the negative impact our drug policies have on individuals and communities.
We mobilize our chapter members to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future. CSSDP works alongside other organizations and campaigns to support harm reduction, evidence-based legislation, and drug policy reform on local, national and international levels.
Find a local chapter and work with us towards sensible drug policy
Our chapters have autonomy to run their own events, campaigns and initiatives in relation to their local needs. As a national organization we work together to develop resources that may be utilized throughout Canada and around the world to support sensible drug policy and harm reduction.
Sensible drug policy &
We believe youth and students deserve to be heard. All too often, laws that affect young people are made without including their voices. Sensible drug policy means consulting with the people who are affected most and making sure harm reduction awareness and services are accessible to people of all walks of life.
Nothing about us, without us.
We do not judge or condemn drug use of any kind, but run harm reduction campaigns that can help support parents when discussing drugs and drug use with youth.
We are working with partner organizations to develop additional educational resources on drugs and drug use.
A Message From
the cssdp Board
Together, we can create so much change around how our society views drugs and current drug policies.
We neither condone nor condemn drug use. By focusing on evidence-based, science-backed resources, we work with partner organizations, schools, government representatives, and stakeholders across Canada to produce educational campaigns that influence and create sensible drug policies.
With harm reduction in mind, we can both change minds and create opportunities. Join us!
Kira is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Montréal. Her research focuses on the bidirectional effects of cannabis and mental health issues in adolescence, with a focus on sexual and gender minorities. She is also passionate about drug policy, social justice, health, and education.
Kira London-Nadeau poursuit présentement une maîtrise en psychologie à l’université de Montréal. Sa recherche est centrée sur les effets bidirectionnels du cannabis et des symptômes de psychopathologie à l’adolescence, avec une attention particulière portée aux minorités d’orientations sexuelles et aux minorités de genre. Elle est aussi passionnée des politiques en substances illicites, de la justice sociale, de la santé et de l’éducation.
An Honours graduate with a Psychology B.A. from the University of British Columbia, Michelle will begin her Masters in Clinical Psychology in fall 2016, continuing her research examining the motivations and outcomes of recreational and therapeutic use of cannabis and psychedelics.
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Co-Secretary & Outreach Chair
Avery is a recent gradaute of the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He earned an honours degree in Psychology where he conducted his honours research on the effects of cannabis on attention and ADHD. Currently, he is the vice president of CSSDP Okanagan and has his eyes set on a future in Clinical Psychology with a research program surrounding cannabis and psychedelics.
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Stephanie is a doctoral student in population and public health at the University of British Columbia, where she is currently undertaking research to better understand the links between cannabis, opioids, and drug-related morbidity.
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Board of Directors
Alex Betsos is a research masters social sciences student at the University of Amsterdam. Alex Betsos has a joint honours degree in sociology and anthropology from Simon Fraser University. His research interests relate to the creation, contestation and dissemination of drug knowledge by experts and by people who use drugs.
An Algonquin College business student focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, Heather is fascinated by corporate social responsibility within the cannabis industry, with a passion for the relationship between food, health, and sustainability, and is an advocate for drug policy based on human rights and
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Jill is a Clinical Psychology Master's student at UBCO who will be entering her PhD in the Fall of 2018. Jill's research interests lie in the field of substance use and adolescents, with a focus on cannabis use and general prevention. Jill is interested in drug policy and enjoys working with students and staff to secure safe campuses across Canada.
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus in 2017. Her Honours thesis examined the efficacy of Yoga Nidra in decreasing problematic substance use in young adults. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Her current primary research interests include the use of cannabis in yoga, cannabis and mindfulness, and prenatal cannabis use. She is active on campus with the Okanagan chapter of CSSDP, as well as president of the UBCO Yoga Club. Find out more.
Alexandra Collins is a Research Associate with the BC Centre on Substance Use and a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her doctoral research explores the intersection of social geographies, housing instability, and experiences of overdose among women who use drugs within the context of overlapping housing and overdose crises in Vancouver, Canada. Alexandra obtained a Master of Science degree from SFU in 2015, where she studied the impact of international funding stipulations on HIV programs in Sierra Leone. Alexandra has numerous first-author publications in leading public health and addictions journals. She has received several awards during her doctoral studies, including the President’s PhD Scholarship from SFU. Her doctoral work is currently supported through a three-year Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
A doctoral candidate in Sociology and the Collaborative Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto, Jenna was on the CSSDP board of directors from November 2013, acted as Conference Chair for CSSDP's 2015 conference, was CSSDP representative on the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition steering committee, and volunteers with NORML Canada. Find out more.
The current Knowledge Translation Manager at the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), Nazlee holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University and a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto, is the former Chair of CSSDP, interned with the International Drug Policy Consortium and Harm Reduction Coalition, and volunteers with TRIP! Project. Find out more.
Donald MacPherson is the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy. He advocates policies based on principles of public health, human rights, social inclusion, and scientific evidence and moving away from a criminal justice paradigm where people with health problems are criminalized. Find out more.
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