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Safe Medicine Disposal – A Prescription for Success

Safe Medicine Disposal – A Prescription for Success

This spring, remember to clean out any unused and expired medications. Any medications can become a health hazard if they are left unsecured in the home. In some cases, prescriptions might be taken by someone to whom they were not prescribed. In other cases, someone...

Fentanyl: Facts for the Digital World

Fentanyl: Facts for the Digital World

You may have seen some recent articles on the RAYSAC News page about fentanyl, but what exactly is fentanyl?Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but up to 100 times more powerful. Fentanyl can be prescribed by a doctor to treat pain, but because it is...

Protective Factors: Ways to Build Wellness & Resilience in Youth

Protective Factors: Ways to Build Wellness & Resilience in Youth

It is no surprise that youth and young adults have faced new challenges to their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings from the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey showed that, in the past year, nearly half of 10th and 12th grade students in the Roanoke...

The SMART Way to Set a Personal Goal

The SMART Way to Set a Personal Goal

A new year has begun! Like with any new year, the start of 2022 comes with the expectation of new experiences, fun activities, potential challenges, and personal growth. Whatever your hopes and plans may be, it always helps to set clear goals for the things you want...

Prosecutor portrayed in “DopeSick” Speaks with “Connect and Dissect” Podcast

Prosecutor portrayed in “DopeSick” Speaks with “Connect and Dissect” Podcast

Rick Mountcastle, retired federal prosecutor and assistance to the attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia, speaks about his portrayal and lessons learned from the events depicted in the book “Dopesick” by author Beth Macy. The book has been recently adapted as a miniseries on HULU with the same name. Rick is portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard in the series.

Social Media on My Mind: Building Positive Connections

Smartphones and social media have revolutionized the ways we interact with technology and with each other. Social media can be a beneficial technology. It allows us to find news and information, share fun content, and connect with old friends or make new ones. For...

2021 Red Ribbon Week Student and School Contest Award Winners

RAYSAC would like to congratulate all of the 2021 Red Ribbon Week Student and School Award Winners! We had several submissions for the media contest from all over the valley, and some great talent! As always, our valley area schools rose to the occassion, and blew us...

Seven Fun Ways to Give Thanks at Thanksgiving

Seven Fun Ways to Give Thanks at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up very soon! We are excited for all the turkey, stuffing, vegetables, casseroles, cranberry sauce, and of course the pumpkin pie. But don't forget the attitude behind this holiday. We celebrate Thanksgiving to show gratitude for all the good...

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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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Address: P.O. Box 13543, Roanoke, VA 24035  |  Phone: 540.982.1427  |  Email: raysacorg@gmail.com

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