Who We Are

We represent a grassroots network of students and allies working towards meaningful drug policy reform grounded in evidence, compassion and human rights.  
SSDP Australia recognises that the legacy of our current drug laws are steeped in historical racism and prejudice and the harms of drug use and of prohibition tend to affect already disadvantaged and marginalised groups disproportionately.  
We are committed to challenging the stigma of drug use and creating an inclusive environment that welcomes the participation of all people regardless of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, political persuasion, religious or spiritual beliefs, disability, blood-borne virus status, criminal record, age, parenting or caring status and psychoactive substance preference.

Want To Join Us?

 Want to get involved in the drug policy reform movement? Want to be a part of a community committed to improving society's relationship with drugs? Want to meet people who care about having fun and talking about serious topics?

Check out our list of existing chapters to see if there is an active chapter or other SSDPers on your campus, at your institution or nearby. If there is, get in touch with them and fill out their sign up form! If you don't have a local chapter, get in touch with us at hello@ssdp.org.au and we'll help you become a part of our national community and–if you're interested–help you set up a local chapter.  

Becoming a member of a chapter means you automatically receive SSDP Australia's national newsletter. If you don't have a local chapter to join and/or you want to become more involved with the development of SSDP Australia please become a full member of SSDP Australia by completing our sign up form and applying to become a volunteer. 

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In The News


By SSDP Australia
/ August 29, 2018

International Overdose Awareness Day 2018 (Penington Institute)

// Written by John Ronan, Penington Institute // Every year communities around the world come together on 31 August to...

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By SSDP Australia
/ May 22, 2018

Dependence on a War on Drugs

// Written by Tom Marratt, University of South Australia // This week, Steven Marshall, the Premier of South Australia, has...

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By SSDP Australia
/ March 25, 2018

Annual Report, Farewell to the Old Executive, and Welcome to the New Executive.

To all of our lovely SSDP members and our outstanding allies, we are excited to wish you all an absolutely...

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By SSDP Australia
/ March 15, 2018

Young people recent cannon fodder in the War on Drugs.

Written by Tara Schultz // (contributor): Ben Ormsby Recently, the Victorian State opposition announced a plan that could see young...

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 12:20pm
As we've tragically seen over the last couple of dies - prohibitive drug policies mean that young people are placed… https://t.co/u2o3WjuaK8

Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at 11:50am
"Two people have died and another two are critically ill in hospital after multiple suspected overdoses at Sydney m… https://t.co/Tv5fkzbdkG

Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 7:26pm
The role of poppers' (aka nitrite inhalants, amyl) as a blood vessel dilator and muscle relaxant have enabled "an e… https://t.co/VlEUwm5mov

Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 10:29pm
RT @nictenbat: Fascinating hearing the history of @WeAreTheLoopUK & their volunteer driven efforts in harm reduction from Prof Measham. Can…

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 8:25pm
No one should have to die from consuming an adulterated pill, powder or capsule. After a recent, successful trial o… https://t.co/W3J3QDXX75



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