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education, prevention and resources to
address all forms of substance abuse among
youth, they have received the Virginia
Department of Behavioral Health and
Developmental Service Partnership for
Success grant targeting prescription drug
misuse and abuse and heroin overdoses
among ages 12-25. It is designed to
promote alignment and leveraging of
prevention resources and priorities at
federal, state and community levels.
Roanoke Valley was identified as having
some of the highest rates of prescription
drug abuse and heroin overdoses in the
state.
"Many people don't realize that most
overdoses are occurring among middle
class, suburban males and females," says
Coltrain. "Or that prescription drug abuse
starts as young as middle school."
According to the 2017 Youth Risk
Survey, of 12th graders in Botetourt and
Craig Counties and the cities of Roanoke
and Salem, 11.4 percent of males and 6.8
percent of females had used heroin in
the past 30 days. Among 10th and 12th
graders, 16 percent of males and 10 percent
of females had used prescription drugs to
get high.

RAYSAC Director
Tracey Coltrain

To reach the youth, the REAL
(RAYSAC Empowered Activist Leaders)
team is comprised of high school students
who help with messaging and the best tools
to reach their peers. The "Be in the Picture"
campaign was rolled out in December 2017
and the "Find Your Natural High" social
media campaign encourages youth to find
their passions. An emerging adult group of

18-25 years old is being formed to support
young adults during the transitional time
from home to college or career.
Funding for RAYSAC is provided
through fundraisers, donations and grants.
To contribute or for more information or
free resources, including a parent tool kit,
visit www.raysac.org. I
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