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Working to educate youth and young adults, ages 12-25, about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and heroin use. To provide the community with information and resources about this epidemic and the help that is available.
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91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.*
RAYSAC is here to fight the substance abuse issues that plague our communities, towns, cities and beyond.
*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) provides community education and awareness, advocacy for prevention and treatment services, and parent and youth education to prevent substance use and promote wellness in the Roanoke Valley. RAYSAC supports youth leadership and youth-based substance abuse prevention initiatives through the REAL Team, which is RAYSAC’s youth council. RAYSAC’s “signature events” include bi-annual valley-wide prescription drug take back events, the After Prom Grand Finale, Red Ribbon Week and the annual Legislative Roundtable.
Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers.*
RAYSAC collaborates with 5 localities – City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, City of Salem, Botetourt County and Craig County – to provide programs and resources to reduce substance abuse and create healthier communities.
*American Society of Addiction MedicineDonate to the cause
Some of the success stories
Aaron is a former RAYSAC R.E.A.L Team Member and part of the RAYSAC Steering Committee. Aaron graduated from William Fleming High School and recently graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. He also holds a certificate in Community Engagement.Read More
"RAYSAC is an opportunity for peers and colleagues of different backgrounds to come together for a common goal which is to support healthy youth development.”Photo Credit: Travis Ellison, TravieTravPhotography
Sarah is a member of the RAYSAC Steering Committee and the Treasurer of the RAYSAC Executive Board. Sarah currently serves as the Marketing Lead at Qualtrax, a software company in Blacksburg, as well as the Founder and Director of Make a Mark, a nonprofit resourcing community organizations with storytelling through design and technology.Read More
"RAYSAC has reinforced the importance of community in my life and served as a reminder of the need for all of us to support one another."
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“Because you are children, and you can understand it.”
Mr. Dolphus Raymond, To Kill a Mockingbird
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RAYSAC RADAR is a great way to stay up to date and informed about current information on drug trends, youth behaviors, and health issues facing our community.