EPIC - Early Prevention Impacts Community
Promoting healthy attitudes and behaviors of youth in Southeast Missouri.

Statement on Recent Survey

EPIC works to prevent substance abuse in young people between the ages of 12 and 20 who live in Cape Girardeau County.  Data collection and review are an important piece of assessing our community to identify strengths and supports for local young people as well as conditions that could make engaging in high-risk behaviors more likely. Surveys that include a wide variety of questions help organizations like ours to identify correlations between factors that may protect youth from high risk behaviors like substance abuse or factors that can put youth at a greater risk for substance abuse.

EPIC recently asked some local schools if they would administer Search Institute’s Attitudes and Behaviors Survey.  Search Institute has been involved in research for 50 years working to identify what kids need to succeed in life.  You can find the survey and read more about Search Institute on their website http://www.search-institute.org/.  While EPIC believes this instrument can be a valuable tool in obtaining meaningful data, this survey is not “EPIC’s survey” as has been reported by some local news media and EPIC does not conduct this survey but we have historically asked some of the schools to administer the survey so that 1) they will have data that gives them an idea of what their students report as their strengths and supports in the community as well as their risk behaviors and 2) EPIC will be able to report on our core measures to our grantor, Drug Free Communities, and also EPIC will be able to develop appropriate drug abuse prevention strategies for our community.  We ask the schools if they will give the survey and it is up to them to agree to do so or not.  If schools have concerns about any questions on the survey, those questions may be removed from the survey prior to implementation.  Additionally, schools are provided with the survey as well as a User’s Guide that includes information about how to administer the survey including information about taking precautions to ensure confidentiality of students and the need to obtain parental consent.

It is unfortunate that there has been so much controversy surrounding the recent implementation of the Attitudes and Behaviors Survey.  EPIC is committed to doing whatever we can do to support schools and organizations who agree to administer surveys like the Attitudes and Behaviors Survey so they have all the information they need to administer the survey in an appropriate fashion. EPIC will continue assess our community so we can develop the most appropriate substance abuse prevention strategies for young people in Cape Girardeau County.

Breakthrough Breakfast

EPIC’s next Breakthrough Breakfast will be at 9:00am next Tuesday, October 21st at Southeast Missouri State University in the University Center, Ballroom B (fourth floor).  This will be the second Breakthrough Breakfast in a two part series on marijuana.  EPIC would like to thank the Office of Addictions in the Department of Nursing at Southeast Missouri State university for sponsoring both of these breakfast events for us.  The specific topic of the upcoming Breakthrough Breakfast will be legislative issues and proposed legislative issues in Missouri related to marijuana. Speakers will be sharing about their opposing views on marijuana legalization, why they support or oppose legalization and how they feel their viewpoint is compatible with youth substance abuse prevention.  John Payne will be speaking in favor of legalization and Kevin Glaser will be speaking against legalization (speaker bios are included below). As always, there is no charge to attend the event but we do require RSVPs so we can get a head count for breakfast.  Please RSVP by emailing coordinator@epicprevention.org by no later that Thursday, October 16th.
If time allows, our regularly scheduled EPIC meeting will take place immediately following the Breakthrough Breakfast presentation.

John Payne:
John Payne received his B.A. in history from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2005. John spent the next four years teaching high school in both rural Missouri and Saint Louis, before leaving to pursue a career combining his passions for public policy and writing. Mr. Payne worked as a research assistant at the Show-Me Institute in Saint Louis, MO, from 2010 through the summer of 2011. He joined Show-Me Cannabis Regulation’s board of directors in November 2011 and served as the Eastern Missouri Campaign Manager during the 2012 campaign. In addition to his duties at Show-Me Cannabis, John serves on the Board of Directors of Alumni for Liberty. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Libertarian Studies, The American Conservative, and Reason Magazine, as well as newspapers across the state of Missouri. In his free time, he bowls, plays rugby, and follows Saint Louis Cardinals baseball religiously.

Kevin J. Glaser, Sergeant
Missouri State Highway Patrol (Ret):

Kevin Glaser has over 34 years of law enforcement experience serving in the State of Missouri, including 24 years experience working in the area of narcotics enforcement.  Sgt. Glaser began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department in 1979.

In January, 1983 he begin his employment with the Missouri State Highway Patrol as a Trooper, stationed in Sikeston. As a road officer, Trooper Glaser was assigned to the Troop E Drug Interdiction Unit and the Troop E Marijuana Eradication Unit.  In 1990 he applied for a position as a narcotics officer within the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.  As a narcotics investigator for the Highway Patrol, Sgt Glaser conducted undercover drug investigation as well as overt investigations into the distribution of illegal narcotics in Southeast Missouri.  He remained in that position initially as an undercover officer and team member of the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force until 1995.

In 1995 Sgt Glaser took over as unit commander of the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force and supervisor of Team 1 of the Patrol’s Narcotics Unit.  As commander of the drug task force, Sgt Glaser supervised all drug investigations conducted by the unit. These ranged from street level drug buys to assisting Federal Law Enforcement Agencies in major narcotics investigations that spanned multi state jurisdictions.  He remained in that position until his retirement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in September 2011.

Upon retirement Sgt. Glaser has continued his affiliation with the SEMO Drug Task Force serving as an advisor and training coordinator.  Sgt Glaser is a staff instructor with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) based in Tallahassee, Florida and staff instructor for the Southeast Missouri State University Law Enforcement Academy in Cape Girardeau. He has served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association (MNOA) for the past 5 years and is currently serving as President for the MNOA.

Off the Wall

Off the Wall final 2014   Thanks to everyone who helped make the first annual “Off the Wall” art auction a great success! Because of your help, we were able to raise almost $6,000 to help support EPIC’s prevention efforts in Cape Girardeau County. There is no doubt this inaugural event was a success and we couldn’t have done it without all of our partners! Thanks to all of the artists who donated work, all of our event sponsors, all of our dedicated volunteers,

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YSAPC Poster Contest

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Winners of the poster contest included:

EPIC winners Grand Prize: Elise Caldwell age 11 from Cape Middle School, winner of a Kindle Fire and Chick-fil-A coupons. 1st Place: Henry Kennedy age 10 from Immaculate Conception, winner of a Guitar Rock Hero Game, and Gaming Grounds gift certificate. 2nd Place: Hannah Dodson age 11 from St. Vincent De Paul, winner of free bowling from West Park Lanes, free putt putt from Arena Golf, and Chick-fil-A coupons. 3rd Place: Jade Lutes age 11 from West Lane Elementary, winner of a free movie pass and Chick-fil-A coupons. For more information about EPIC and our work, visit our website at www.epicprevention.org or contact us at 573-587-1921.

Its All In Your Hands

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Rise Above

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