SSDP 101 powerpoint - Students for Sensible Drug Policy

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Students for Sensible
Drug Policy

Welcome to

SSDP 101

What is SSDP

We are an international grassroots network of students who are
concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities,
but who also know that the War on Drugs 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.


Students for Sensible Drug Policy neither encourages
nor condemns drug use. Rather, we seek to reduce the
harms caused by drug abuse and drug policies. As
young people, we strive toward a just and
compassionate society where drug abuse is treated as a
health issue instead of a criminal justice issue.

We recognize that the very real harms of drug abuse are
not adequately addressed by current policies and we
advocate measures that would effectively help those
who develop drug problems. Yet, we also believe that
individuals must ultimately

be allowed to make decisions for themselves as long as
their actions do not infringe upon anyone else’s
freedoms or safety.

But what does that

We are a international grassroots based network of
individual chapters at colleges, universities, and High

Our chapter network is autonomous, and works to achieve
sensible policy changes that address counterproductive
drug war policies in their communities.

We have a 6 member national staff that work in DC and
Mexico City.

We work on a local, state, and national level to help enact
changes in drug policies.

Where are we?









What is a sensible drug

An alternative to our current drug policies grounded in science,
reason, compassion, and justice.

A policy that seeks to address drug use, abuse, and addiction as a
public health issue instead of a criminal justice issue

Works to enable treatment for addiction instead of incarceration

Policies that use Harm Reduction methods to lessen the impact
drugs have on our society

Eliminates wasteful government spending on an impossible strategy

Policies that work to help create a safer America grounded in
education, regulation, and taxation of illicit drugs in a similar manner
to alcohol

So, what sensible
things have we done

Just last March, 400 SSDPers converged on capitol hill to
lobby congress for cutting the ONDCP Anti
drug Youth
Media Campaign

4 months later, a house budget committee cut all funding to
the campaign. Over 45 million dollars!

How do I get

Join one of our 200 chapters nationwide
or internationally

Start a new chapter!

What do SSDP
Chapters do?

Promote discussion in the community about drug policy reform by:

Hosting debates and discussion forums

Bringing speakers from other organizations

Screening documentaries on campus

Changing Policies

Lobby your representatives on issues and legislation that your chapter
cares about

Change policies on your campus



In federal prisons, 55% of inmates are
incarcerated on drug offenses.

The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but
houses 25% of the world’s prisoners.

More than $50 Billion is spent

every year on the failed “War on Drugs.”

The War on Drugs is a war
on students

Under the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, students
convicted of a drug crime, even first time possession of
marijuana, are denied federal financial aid for school.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has pushed
for invasive random student drug testing to take place in
public high schools

despite no evidence to support
drug testing as a deterrent to drug use.

One person is arrested for marijuana

every 36 seconds.


What are some methods that work on
your campus?

Where have you been successful on
your campuses?

What hasn’t worked?

Recruitment Channels

Coalition Building

Event Planning


Public Relations

Social Networking

Coalition Building

Reach out to other like minded organizations on
campus (social, political, cultural, service orgs)

The drug war intersects with everything!

Having co
hosted events, social gatherings, or even
just attending meetings.

Collaboration is key!

Event Planning

Create and plan events that

Work to help spread awareness

Help a campaign

Raise money for your chapter

Gather diverse crowds of people

Educate audience about the harms of the drug


Reach out to your campus and let them know that you

Tabling, chalking, and flyering campus

Consider your chapter a business, and you must

Create merchandise (t
shirts, buttons, bags)

Share your message

Public Relations

How the public eyes see your chapter

Reaching out to media through press releases, Op
eds, and LTE’s

Getting interviewed by local tv, radio, and internet

Keeping a chapter blog/maintaining website

Social Networking

How many chapters have a Facebook Page or group?

How many Chapters have a Twitter account?

How many chapters have a Tumblr page?

Social networking is the free and easy way to get your
message out!


Having a regular weekly meeting time/location is best.

Use this time to plan events, organize campaigns, hold
discussions, educate each other, and share ideas.

Create an open forum, encourage people to share
ideas, and remain respectful to others.

Share current drug policy news, updates, and current

Want to start a chapter or help
strengthen your current chapter?

Contact an SSDP Outreach Director

(MW, NE, W)

(S, MA, MP)