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Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit advocacy organization founded in 1998 by a small group of students, including Shawn Heller of George Washington University, David Epstein of American University, and Kris Lotlikar. According to SSDP's mission and value statements, the organization neither encourages nor condemns drug use. Rather, by involving the American youth (the self proclaimed D.A.R.E generation) in the political process, they are committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion on alternative solutions to U.S. drug problems. SSDP seeks to overturn drug policies that impede young people's access to education. Logo for Students for Sensible Drug Policy This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The George Washington University (GWU) is a private university in Washington, D.C., founded in 1821 as The Columbian College. ... For other universities known as American University, see American University (disambiguation). ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational rather than medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... Drug Abuse Resistance Education, better known as DARE or D.A.R.E., is an educational program aimed primarily at fifth-grade students which seeks to discourage the use of illegal drugs. ...


SSDP functions through chapters in U.S. high schools and colleges promoting student and teacher activism for sensible change in American attitudes towards drug abuse and drug policies. As of May 2005, there are over 115 chapters in the United States. High school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... Drug abuse has a wide range of definitions, all of them relating to the use, misuse or overuse of a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. ... The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level. ...


SSDP was founded around the issue of the drug provision in the Higher Education Act, which denies federal financial aid to students with drug convictions. Since then, the organization has expanded its scope to include other controversial elements of drug policy like drug testing and student privacy rights, promoting rehabilitation over incarceration, harm reduction, and addressing the lack of objective drug education and scientific research. Some chapters also focus on international drug policy issues like Plan Colombia. The Higher Education Act may refer to an Act of either the Congress of the United States or of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Drug testing is a subject of a lot of controversy. ... Drug rehabilitation (often shortened to drug rehab) is an umbrella term for the processes of medical and/or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and so-called street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Harm reduction is a philosophy of public health intended to be a progressive alternative to the prohibition of certain lifestyle choices. ... Plan Colombia is a controversial initiative aimed at resolving the ongoing, fifty-year civil war in Colombia. ...


In January 2006, Kris Krane replaced Scarlett Swerdlow as SSDP executive director. Tom Angell is SSDP's Campaigns Director, Micah Daigle is the Field Director, Brandy Doyle is the Publications Coordinator, and Morgan Lesko is Webmaster. SSDP is currently without a Legislative Director. January 2006 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → 31 January 2006 (Tuesday) U.S. President George W. Bush delivers the State of the Union Address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate). ... Scarlett Swerdlow is the current executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. ...


See also

The Drug Policy Alliance is a New York City-based non-profit organization with a principle goal of ending the American War on Drugs. Its publicly-stated goals including nationwide availability of medicinal marijuana, the creation of drug-related public health measures, ending abuses of asset forfeiture, repealing non-violent... A demonstation by Promena in Sofia, Bulgaria in June 2003. ... The Marijuana Policy Project, or MPP is an organization in the United States working to minimize the harm associated with marijuana[1]. MPP advocates taxing and regulating the possession and sale of marijuana, arguing that a regulated marijuana industry would separate purchasers from the street market for cocaine, heroin, and... The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a non-profit organization that aims to assist scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the risks and benefits of MDMA, psychedelic drugs and marijuana. ... The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML (pronounced normal) is a US-based non-profit corporation whose aim is, according to their most recent mission statement, move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults... The prohibition of drugs through legislation or religious law is a common means of controlling the perceived negative consequences of recreational drug use at a society- or world-wide level. ... School district drug policies are measures that teachers and administrators of a school put into place in order to discourage drug use by students. ...

External links

  • Official SSDP website
  • DARE Generation Diary - SSDP's blog
  • Brown University SSDP

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (324 words)
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit advocacy organization founded in 1998 by a small group of students, including Shawn Heller of George Washington University, David Epstein of American University, and Kris Lotlikar.
SSDP functions through chapters in U.S. high schools and colleges promoting student and teacher activism for sensible change in American attitudes towards drug abuse and drug policies.
SSDP was founded around the issue of the drug provision in the Higher Education Act, which denies federal financial aid to students with drug convictions.
UNM School of Law | Student Organizations | Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy | Mission Statement (94 words)
SSDP advocates the reform of drug policy in accordance with common sense, medical science, and human rights.
SSDP seeks to educate the community on all aspects of drugs - legal, medical, economic, and cultural - so that they may critically evaluate official misinformation and ultimately effect substantial changes in drug policy.
SSDP believes that legal sanctions associated with drug use should be congruous with medical science and commensurate with the harm caused by a drug.
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