Risk Reduction and Drug Safety Skills – July 22, 2017 – Oakland, CA

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 Women’s Visionary Council (WVC) hosted a donation-based workshop on July 22nd at Oakstop from 11am-3pm to teach critical risk reduction skills.

The first part of the workshop demonstrated how to accurately measure liquids and powders to help prevent overdose. Using water and benign salts as demonstration tools, we discussed risks associated with super-potent substances and showed how low-cost milligram scales and widely available volumetric tools can be used to improve the accuracy of measurement. We also demonstrated how to use commercially available reagent testing kits to test for the presence of potentially deadly adulterants and reduce risks from misidentified drugs, and discussed limitations of field reagent kits.

In the second part of the workshop, 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. Participants received Naloxone kits to take home.

This event was presented on a donation basis for maximal accessibility. Tax deductible donations to support this work can be made online via our website. Attendees were asked to please pay what they can.