The people of Richmond are being asked to judge videos created by local students about the harsh reality of ecstasy use and abuse.
As part of an awareness program run in the district’s schools by Richmond Addictions Services, the X-Press Youth Video Contest was launched, where students Grades 8 to 12 created videos to raise awareness about the consequences ecstasy use can have on individuals, families and the community.
Addiction specialists presented 23 information sessions to students in Richmond secondary schools, community centres and local service providers.
To date, more than 500 students have been educated on the potential dangers of ecstasy, in a context that also deals with health and wellness associated with drug and alcohol use.
After these sessions, students were invited to join the contest, presented by the Richmond Addictions Services, Richmond Youth Media Program and Richmond RCMP.
The top three winning entries will get prizes, including $500 for the top video. Contest winners will be announced at the X-Press Youth Red Carpet Viewing Party on Friday, Nov. 23 at Richmond City Hall at 6 p.m.