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

Video of this training will be made available for free online as soon as possible. If you are interested in hosting a Risk Reduction and Drug Safety Skills workshop in your community please e-mail us at info@visionarycongress.org

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 co-hosted a free workshop on July 16th at the Internet Archive to teach critical risk reduction skills.

The workshop featured Earth and Fire Erowid, founders of the Erowid archive, who demonstrated how to prevent overdose by accurately measuring liquids and powders. Using water and baking powder as demonstration tools, the Erowids showed how to properly use a microgram scale and provide instruction on techniques to improve the accuracy of measurement. The Erowids also showed how to use commercially available reagent testing kits to test for the presence of psychoactive substances and potentially deadly adulterants.

Dr. Gantt Galloway, Pharm.D., Research and Executive Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center, provided 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, talked about public health risk reduction initiatives and was joined by those working in this field. At the close of the event, Internet Archive Administrative Coordinator Michelle Krasowski 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 was 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.


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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