The Women’s Visionary Council (WVC) is launching its second annual workshop series on risk reduction and drug safety skills. 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) will host a donation based workshop on July 22nd at Oakstop from 11am-3pm to teach critical risk reduction skills. Click here to register.

We will be livestreaming the workshop via Zoom.  If you will be viewing remotely, please RSVP by emailing us at by 5pm Friday, July 21st. 

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 will receive Naloxone kits to take home. Naloxone kits will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. 

The second part of the workshop will demonstrate how to accurately measure liquids and powders to help prevent overdose. Using water and benign salts as demonstration tools, we 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. We will also demonstrate how to use commercially available reagent testing kits to test for the presence of potentially deadly adulterants and reduce risks from misidentified drugs, and will discuss limitations of field reagent kits.

Workshop Schedule

10:30am – 11:00am Registration & Seating

11:00am – 11:10am Welcome & Greetings

11:10am – 11:20am Broad Overview of Risk Reduction – Annie Oak

11:20am – 11:30am History and Complexities of Risk Reduction – Maria Mangini

11:30am – 12:00pm Gantt Galloway demonstrates Naloxone

12:00pm – 1:00pm Participants practice injections and receive kits

1:00pm – 2:00pm Ethan Currans demonstrates weighing and measuring

2:00pm – 3:00pm Emanuel Sferios demonstrates reagent testing kits

3:00pm – Event concludes

This event is presented on a donation basis for maximal accessibility. Tax deductible donations can be made online via our website or in person at the event. Please pay what you can.

Please arrive early, as space is limited to the first 100 people.

If you are available to assist with set-up, clean-up, or other general volunteer duties, please fill out our volunteer form and we will get in touch with you with available opportunities.


From BART:

Oakstop is easily accessed from BART. The closest station is 19th Street, which is about 2 blocks away from Oakstop. Exit the station and head south on Broadway Street towards 19th Street. Oakstop will be on your right near the intersection of 17th Street and Broadway.

Parking Information:

The closest parking garage is Franklin Plaza Parking Garage, located at Franklin Street & 19th Street. Enter the garage from 19th Street. Please note that this garage closes at 6pm on the weekends. Once you have parked, head down Franklin Street towards 17th Street. Take a right on 17th, followed by a right on Broadway. Oakstop will be on the left.