Penticton and South Okanagan
RCMP releases drug awareness project
Sep 27, 2013 / 4:30 pm
The Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP Detachment along with health organizations has launched a web-based interactive story, focused on raising drug awareness.
The Mike and Vicki Project: A safe place to make bad choices," is a resource designed to stimulate conversation about the choices that youth have when facing drug and alcohol use.
"Using Mike and Vicki as characters, allows youth to talk about the possible choices without making it personal," said Terri Kalaski, project manager and Penticton RCMP community policing officer. "This resource is not about judging people's choices, but about helping the participants gain insight into how decisions are made and what can influence those choices."
The project stems from deaths attributed to the use of Ecstasy that contained PMMA in BC in 2012. Grant funding was subsequently made available to police agencies for one-time collaborative efforts to raise awareness and increase public education for youth.
A grant proposal was submitted by the Penticton RCMP in collaboration with Interior Health Authority and others and the project came into being.
It includes a web-based choose your own adventure story that follows two high school youths, Mike and Vicki, as they plan their weekend and attend a local bush party.
The interactive story is a major component of the mikeandvicki.ca webpage.
It also features links with further information on drugs and alcohol, relationships and mental health.
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