Ecstasy: Nothing's Free Project forum

Date: May 30, 2012 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

The Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Safety Unit has received a Ministry of Justice grant that will be used to fund a project for ecstasy awareness and public education. Partners in the Project include RCMP, Child and Youth Mental Health, Youth Addiction Services and Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. The project is titled: Ecstasy: Nothing's Free.

The title addresses the reality that drug use affects the drug users' community and the cost to community and user. The cost is in dollars and cents but also damaging education opportunities, relationships and health and wellness. And this is prior to the user becoming involved in criminal activities to support their habit.

The project includes an interactive web-based game to increase ecstasy awareness; the development of a Facebook site; and a public forum that will be held on May 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shatford Building in Penticton. The web-based game follows a couple of teens through a weekend and allows the gamer to make choices for the teens. The message from the game is that we do all have choices and with every choice there is a consequence, sometimes good, sometimes not as good. It is important to make informed choices and the game provides the gamer the opportunity to learn more prior to making a choice for their character through “bubble thoughts” or direction to information websites.

The forum will be the venue to roll-out the beta version of the web-based game prior to going live on the web; also at the forum there will be a panel discussion. The panel will have representation from Child and Youth Mental Health, RCMP – Inspector and a Task Force member, Superintendent of School District 67, Youth Drug Addiction Services and a representative from the in-patient unit (pysc unit). To drive awareness of the Facebook site, the project has developed a QR code that will be displayed around the Penticton community. This code can be scanned by smart-phones and subsequently direct people to the Facebook page that will contain information on other community services, internet websites, accurate drug use information and link to the web-based game created by this project.