“encouraging positive informed choices”
EPIC (Encouraging Positive Informed Choices) is a new program designed by the Medicine Hat Police Service which builds on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program that was previously delivered in the schools.
EPIC addresses issues identified as a concern in our community and offers ongoing education in Grade 4, 6 and 8. The DARE Program was previously only delivered to students in Grade 6.
In the Spring of 2010 four Medicine Hat schools were chosen to participate in a pilot project of the EPIC program. Feedback received from those who participated indicated that the program was very well received by the students, teachers and administration. In the Fall of 2010, EPIC was rolled out to all elementary and middle schools in Medicine Hat.
EPIC program content includes:
Grade 4 – Tobacco, Friendship
Grade 6 – Alcohol, Tobacco/Marihuana, Cyber safety/Online Bullying, and Refusal Skills
Grade 8 – Drugs and Cyber Safety/Online Harassment