Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Conference

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Conference

SSDP2017 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters to Portland, Oregon March 24-26 for our annual gathering featuring: Educational programming. The core conference program will include prominent keynote speakers and panels addressing the hottest...
How Drugs Will Get Under, Over, and Around Trump’s Wall

How Drugs Will Get Under, Over, and Around Trump’s Wall

President Donald Trump campaigned against lax immigration laws, arguing that porous borders cause problems as diverse as drug use and terrorism, but his frenetic use of executive orders during his first week has made it difficult to keep up with everything he’s...
Trump’s Border Wall Won’t Solve Our Heroin Crisis

Trump’s Border Wall Won’t Solve Our Heroin Crisis

The opioid prescription problem in the U.S. is perpetuated by drug companies, Sanho Tree tells CCTV. “Airwaves are flooded with prescription drug ads. There’s a pill for every problem,” Tree said. People begin to abuse prescription drugs and then look for a cheaper...
How the U.S.-Led War on Drugs Ravaged Central America

How the U.S.-Led War on Drugs Ravaged Central America

The United States has dumped billions of dollars into Central American security forces in recent years in the name of a militarized war on drugs. The approach, now widely regarded as a failure, has increased corruption, deteriorated human rights and exacerbated...
Our Osmotic Border

Our Osmotic Border

Even as U.S. congressmen demand increased border security as a condition of support for changes in immigration law, recent statistics indicate that the number of people attempting to cross the U.S.–Mexican border has decreased dramatically. Interestingly, the...
FILM: Raw Opium: Pain, Pleasure, Profits

FILM: Raw Opium: Pain, Pleasure, Profits

You’re invited to a film and discussion designed to tease out and involve participants in interactive dialogue about heroin addiction and alternative methods of addressing the issue in the U.S. Raw Opium is a feature length documentary (and two-part TV series)...
Our Unscientific Drug Control Regime

Our Unscientific Drug Control Regime

It is said that drugs – be they natural or synthetic, legally prescribed or illicitly consumed – and poisons only differ in dose. Indeed, today’s drugs vary tremendously in the personal and interpersonal harm they are wont to cause, from the largely...
Guatemalan President Perez Blows up the War on Drugs

Guatemalan President Perez Blows up the War on Drugs

The war on drugs is America’s forgotten war. For over 40 years, it has continued largely unnoticed outside the region and, for the last decade, has been almost completely overshadowed by the war on terror and the related conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the...
Central American Presidents Scrutinize U.S. “War on Drugs”

Central American Presidents Scrutinize U.S. “War on Drugs”

Since former U.S. President Richard Nixon launched the U.S. “war on drugs” 40 years ago, the U.S. government has with rare exceptions dictated drug control efforts across Latin America. It has used threats of aid cut-backs, trade suspensions and...

The Citizens’ Pact for a Mexico in Peace

I. Reasons for Urgency In the face of a national emergency, today more than ever, drastic measures are needed to end this war end its escalating violence, and reweave the social and communal fabric. This perilous and profoundly violent moment is the result of economic...

Napolitano in Texas: Tough Talk, Little Coherence

On Monday, Jan. 31, I crossed the border to hear Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speak at the University of Texas/El Paso. I wanted to see what she had to say after spending the weekend in a two-day fast commemorating a year since the massacre of 18...