Fentanyl During the Pandemic Drives Overdose Deaths to New Levels

In the linked article, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at Brandeis University, discusses how the pandemic contributed to a sharp increase in fentanyl in the illegal drug trade.

The CDC recently released the number of fatal overdoses for the twelve month period ending in April 2021.  The number of overdose deaths topped

100,000 for the first time at 100,306, up 28.5% from last year.  Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs were responsible for two-thirds of those deaths.

Red Ribbon Week 2021 was a Huge Success!

We love seeing all the awesome content students from all over the Roanoke Valley created and sent in to us. You can find a list of winners, both school and individual, over at our blog section!

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

Studies show that roughly 1 in 4 teens know someone that has abused over the counter medications to get high. Click the picture above to visit and learn more about how to talk to your teen today, and follow our social media all month for more updates!


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Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition

RAYSAC is a group of concerned citizens striving to keep the youth and young adults of the Roanoke Valley informed, educated and aware so that they can make healthy decisions surrounding alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

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