Risk Reduction Workshops

Acknowledging that overdose of opioids and other substances is a major public health concern, the WVC saw that information about how to calculate dosage, prevent overdose and test the contents of widely available recreational drugs is difficult to acquire. In the spirit of universal access to all knowledge and to prevent future deaths, the WVC hosts risk reductions workshops at no cost to participants. These workshops provide training in the use of Naloxone or Narcan which blocks the effects of opioids, especially in cases of overdose. Participants receive Naloxone kits to take home. The WVC worked with video producer Willard Beaton to producer a series of videos documenting the WVC risk reduction workshop. You can view our video on Naloxone training by Dr. Gantt Galloway here https://youtu.be/J45kzlT99lc.

Using water and benign salts as demonstration tools, the trainers also demonstrate how to accurately measure liquids and powders to help prevent overdose. You can watch the video of that demonstration by Ethan Currens here https://youtu.be/XwcvRXkEPms. Finally, participants learn how to use commercially available reagent testing kits to test for the presence of potentially deadly adulterants and reduce risks from misidentified drugs. Videos of testing methodologies are here https://youtu.be/Ry3Cu3EUEDQ and also here https://youtu.be/qMHE21wRpQw.