Who We Are

We represent a grassroots network of students and young people 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 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.

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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?

Our mission is to connect students and young people with the evidence base and reform movement around drugs. There are a range of opportunities for you to get involved. Join us here and we'll be in touch!

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. 

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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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Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 11:11am
“But Newman said CSIRO actively pitched to beer companies and conducted market research to aid the rollout of an alcohol product. Guardian... https://t.co/0z9TQOAFOL
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 1:38pm
Coming to our campaign ambassador training tonight? We’re looking forward to seeing you lots of faces, both new and old.

Some food and drink will be provided, so you can schnack away while you up your activist... https://t.co/4yn2XJ2aSF
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 1:37pm
Beautiful people! We’re looking forward to seeing you all this evening.

Some food and drink will be provided, so you can schnack away while you up your activist game.

All you need to bring is:

💻 a laptop
🖌📒 pen and paper

That’s all! See you in... https://t.co/aDRGQfkJCt
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 12:53pm
So... correlation 🚫= causation but this is interesting!

Does this mean prescription cannabis to treat infertility is on its way? 🤔 https://t.co/ZjDklyynah
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 5:45pm
What do you think? Is the movement to legalise cannabis better or worse off for having Pete Evans on its side? https://t.co/IQm0XCySXD


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