Risk Reduction and Drug Safety Skills – July 16 – San Francisco & Oakland

Overdose of opioids and other substances has become a major public health concern throughout the world. Yet information about how to calculate dosage, prevent overdose, and test the content of widely available recreational drugs is difficult to acquire. In the spirit of universal access to all knowledge, and to prevent future deaths, the San Francisco-based nonprofit organizations, the Women’s Visionary Congress (WVC) and the San Francisco Psychedelic Society are co-hosting a free workshop on July 16th at the Internet Archive to teach critical risk reduction skills.

The workshop will feature Earth and Fire Erowid, founders of the Erowid archive, who will demonstrate how to prevent overdose by accurately measuring liquids and powders. Using water and benign salts as demonstration tools, the Erowids will discuss risks associated with super-potent substances and show how low-cost milligram scales and widely available volumetric tools can be used to improve the accuracy of measurement. The Erowids will also demonstrate commercially available reagent testing kits, the limitations of field reagent kits, and how the reagents are used to reduce risks from misidentified drugs.

Dr. Gantt Galloway, Pharm.D., Research and Executive Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center, will also provide training in the use of Naloxone or Narcan which blocks the effects of opioids, especially in cases of overdose. At the start of the workshop, WVC board member Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP, will talk about public health risk reduction initiatives and will be joined by those working in this field. At the close of the event, Internet Archive Administrative Coordinator Michelle Krasowski will read remarks by librarian Andrea Mitchell, a member of the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS), who have developed a collection of digital resources at the Internet Archive for ongoing risk reduction education. The speaker schedule is below.

This event is presented at no cost for maximal accessibility. We are grateful to our sponsor the THC Staffing Group, a boutique staffing firm for the marijuana industry, for helping to cover the production costs for this event. Tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted. Please respect the Internet Archive and do not bring psychoactive substances to this event.


Internet Archive
300 Funston Ave
San Francisco CA 94118

Schedule of Presentations

12:00 pm – Opening Remarks by Mariavittoria Mangini

12:30 pm – Introduction of Earth and Fire Erowid by Annie Oak

1:00 pm – Weighing and Measuring Instruction by Earth and Fire Erowid

3:00 pm – Reagent Testing Kit Instruction by Earth and Fire Erowid

4:00 pm – Naloxone instruction by Dr. Gantt Galloway

5:30 pm – Closing remarks by Michelle Krasowski, Annie Oak and Mariavittoria Mangini

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