First of All: A Drug Education Web Series with Made of Millions

Welcome to First of All, a webseries that aims to clear away all the junk science and stigma related to substance use, putting science, dignity and respect first.

First of All is hosted by Sasha Simon, Safety First Senior Program Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, in partnership with Made of Millions, a global advocacy nonprofit on a mission to change how the world perceives mental health.

Simon brings key components of a harm reduction-approach to drug education to life online so viewers can discover innovative ways to learn about drugs that could save their lives or those of the people they love.


05/18/20
First of All: Harm Reduction for Parents & Teachers

Parents and teachers have a stark reality to face: accidental overdose is currently the leading cause of death under the age of 50 in the U.S. That means that an American teen is more likely to die of a drug-related cause… Read More

05/11/20
First of All: Advocating for Change

We’ve got a broken drug education system and we’ve yet to fix it. Decades of under-education and over-criminalization hasn’t made drug use and sales decline, nor has it made drug use any safer. 

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04/27/20
First of All: De-Instilling Stigma: The Impact of K-12 Education

Modern society gives young people many things to cope with, which are often managed by and mitigated within the education system. The trauma that students bring to the classroom vis-a-vis child welfare policies,… Read More

04/20/20
First of All: How We Cope

We’ve discovered and created a myriad of remedies for the ills we experience over the course of human life, but are we utilizing the best evidence, treatment and policies that help individuals and communities heal and… Read More

04/13/20
First of All: Why We Cope

“Taboo” issues like problematic drug use, sexual abuse, trauma, bullying and victimization, showing vulnerability, and enduring racism, sexism, homo- and transphobias – are common societal and structural challenges… Read More

04/06/20
First of All: How Drugs Work

There’s no inherent moral value in drugs, but morality plays a major role in the delivery of drug education, (mis)perceptions about drugs and drug users, and the policy decisions and politicians make. 

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03/30/20
First of All: What is Harm Reduction?

Decades of associating the term “harm reduction” with injection drug use often leaves adults and educators baffled about how the concept is applied in a classroom setting. 

Consider comprehensive sex ed as an… Read More