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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.

Be In The Know

Do I Have A Problem?

Local Resources

Operation Prevention Parent Toolkit

Helping You Practice Refusal Skills

Know the Signs

Discussion Starters

Links to Other Resources:

DEA Operation Prevention

Roanoke Hope Initiative

Prevention Council of Roanoke County

Foundation for a Drug-Free World

Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare

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

Be part of
the solution

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.

Roanoke Valley Opioid and Heroin Abuse Statistics


Rx Take-Back (Twice a year)

Prescription Drug Task Force

Red Ribbon Week

After Prom Grand Finale 

Join the RAYSAC Steering Committee

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 Medicine

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Some of the success stories

Our Most Trusted Supporting partners

“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.