Overdose of opioids and other substances is a public health concern throughout the world. Yet information about how to prevent overdose, calculate dosage, 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 Women’s Visionary Council (WVC), a nonprofit 501c3 educational organization, will host a Risk Reduction Workshop on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Akashic Visions Gallery, 513 Searles Ave., Nevada City, CA from 1 to 6 pm.
No controlled substances will be used or permitted in the space during the demonstration.
In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Gantt Galloway, Pharm. D., Research and Executive Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center, will provide training in the use of Naloxone or Narcan which blocks the effects of opioids, especially in cases of overdose. Participants completing the training will receive Naloxone kits to take home. Naloxone kits will be distributed at no cost on a first come, first serve basis.
During the second portion of the workshop Ethan Currens will demonstrate how to accurately measure liquids and powders to help prevent overdose. Using water and benign salts as demonstration tools, Currens 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.
Part three of the workshop will show how to use commercially available reagent testing kits to test for the presence of potentially deadly adulterants and reduce risks from misidentified drugs. Amy Raves of Safer Raving will conduct this demonstration and discuss the limitations of field reagent kits.
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Welcome & Greetings
1:10 pm – 1:30 pm Overview of Risk Reduction – Annie Oak, WVC Board Member
1:30pm – 2:00 pm Dr. Gantt Galloway demonstrates Naloxone
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Participants practice Naloxone injections and receive kits
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Ethan Currens demonstrates weighing and measuring
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Amy Raves demonstrates reagent testing kits
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Questions & Discussion
6:00 pm – Event concludes
The cost of this workshop is presented on a donation basis for maximal accessibility. Tax deductible donations can be made at www.visionarycongress.org or in person at the event.
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Eleonora Molnar, Executive Director of WVC Canada, will speak at Beyond Psychedelics, Global Psychedelic Forum June 21- 24 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. Her presentation will discuss the ethical dimensions of current psychedelic research and of future treatments, as psychedelics become a legal adjunct to psychotherapy. The Beyond Psychedelics conference will review the risks and address the beneficial potential of psychedelics and alternative consciousness technologies, and work toward the creation of guidelines for beneficial safe use and harm reduction.
The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for global cooperation among people with a professional interest in psychedelics, and to facilitate the exchange of both scientific knowledge and real practical experience to create new synergies – at a global level and across a variety of disciplines.
The event will encourage innovative discussions on approaches to psychedelics and on the ambiguous position, these substances still hold in the modern age. An in-depth review of current challenges associated with their use will be a key interest. Thes topics have been of interest to the WVC for some time, and WVC has previously developed a list of 21 Safety Tips For Participating In Ceremonies That Use Psychoactive Substances.
For more information please visit:
Beyond Psychedelics, Global Psychedelic Forum