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OPIOIDS IN THE MEDIA

The rate of overdoses related to prescription painkillers and other opioids within the U.S has increased over the past two decades; where an average of 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose each day.1 The term ‘opioid’ is becoming an everyday term heard on a...

Elevate Your Vibe

Elevate Your Vibe

This month, RAYSAC will be holding the first ever, Elevate Your Vibe Fest! The event will take place May 11, 2019 from 10am-3pm in Wasena Park. Its purpose is to promote alternative wellness options for managing pain, sadness, boredom, and anxiety. Due to the...

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS; AND ALLERGIES

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS; AND ALLERGIES

Fun Fact: April, derived from the Latin term meaning “open”, is believed to be a reference to the “opening” or “blossoming” of flowers and trees. Spring is officially here; warm weather, blooming plants, outdoor activities, sunshine and allergies. Don’t let allergies...

Spring Fling in the Roanoke Valley

The Roanoke Valley is full of untapped resources for all ages; young and old! Help find your ‘natural high’ in your own way through some of these activities. Go out and see what Roanoke has to offer! Community Fun Hiking: McAfee Knob, Sharp Top, Tinker Cliffs, and...

Gabapentin: What You Need to Know!

Gabapentin: What You Need to Know!

What is it? Approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy and neuropathy, nerve pain, but is being prescribed for off label purposes; such as insomnia and anxiety. It is a schedule VI, which means it is not labeled as a controlled substance. Considered non-addictive Not an...

Helping Your Teen Cope with Stress

Helping Your Teen Cope with Stress

Stress is a normal part of life for everyone.  It’s the body’s way of responding to any kind of demand and can be healthy or unhealthy depending on how it is managed.  Teens have their own sources of stress that adults may not always recognize or...

‘Tis the Season… for Holiday Stress

‘Tis the Season… for Holiday Stress

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends but they can also be highly stressful.  Managing the increase in shopping, travel, children’s activities and other obligations this time of year can be very helpful in reducing stress and allowing...

Red Ribbon Week is October 21st – 27th

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October each year. By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug...

Juuling: A Teen’s Perspective

Juuling: A Teen’s Perspective

This month’s RAYSAC Radar is written by Zoe Farmer, a local high school student and member of RAYSAC Empowered Activist Leaders (R.E.AL. Team). An alarming new trend known as Juuling has made its way into the hands and health of teens in the Roanoke Valley and across...

Effective Alternatives for Managing Pain

It may not always feel like it, but physical pain from an injury or surgery can actually be helpful.  Feeling pain keeps us from pushing too hard to use our bodies when it needs to rest. Pain keeps us from moving injured limbs as a way of protecting them from further...

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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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