Local youth organization working to end opioid crisis

(MGN Online)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Local youth are working to end the opioid crisis.

Opioid abuse is a major problem all over, but particularly in the Roanoke Valley. According to Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare Four times as many people died from an opioid, heroin and cocaine overdose in Roanoke in 2017 compared to the year before.

The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Coalition and their young people are working to fight those statistics.

The group has created poster and social media campaign,, to fight that.

The program relaunched on July 9 and will run through the end of October.

The campaign aims to educate 12-25 year-olds in the Roanoke Valley on the dangers of opioid abuse.

If you want to get involved you can join the R.E.A.L. (RAYSAC Empowered Activist Leaders) Team or Y.A.A.T. (Young Adult Action Team).

R.E.A.L. is made up of high school students from around the Roanoke Valley, while Y.A.A.T. is made up of people 18-years-old and over.

Both groups focus on teaching young people how to avoid substance abuse.

If you'd like to join either organization you can contact Tracey Coltrain at or Sheila Lythgoe at

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