Roanoke Valley Rx Drug Take Backs

The goal of the Roanoke Valley Rx Drug Task Force is to provide the leadership to develop a community- wide strategic plan to address the environmental and health issues surrounding Rx disposal and misuse. The Prevention Council of Roanoke County in collaboration with RAYSAC, the Western Virginia Water Authority and the Roanoke Valley Rx Task force will continue to promote take back events, proper disposal, and safe storage of prescription and over the counter medications.

Roanoke County once again participated in the National Drug Take Back Day on September 29th, 2012. The Roanoke Valley collected 1,427 lbs. of prescription medications.   This was the second Take Back event in 2012 for a 1-year total of 2,844 lbs. of prescription drugs collected in the entire Roanoke Valley. The Prevention Council of Roanoke County facilitates the county sites with the partnership of the following community sectors: Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC), Western Virginia Water Authority, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Roanoke Police Department, Roanoke County Sheriff’s Department, Salem Police Department, Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department, Roanoke County Police Department, Vinton Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia.  In two years time this community strategy has grown the number of participating locations from 1 to 7 and has had a 751% increase in poundage collected from 2010 to 2012.

See our most current take-back information below: 

Parent Education Program – Guiding Good Choices

Guiding Good Choices is a science based, evidence based parenting program that targets parents of 3rd- 8th grade. This is a strong curriculum that assists parents in helping their children through those tween years. Staying Connected With Your Teen is the sequel to Guiding Good Choices and is an evidence based parenting program that targets parents of 9th-12th grade. Both workshops equip parents with the skills and language to answer the tough questions as they navigate through middle and high school. This workshop will be a combined training of both curriculums. The workshops are ideal for:
• Anyone interested in becoming a Guiding Good Choices Workshop Leader
• Anyone interested in becoming a Staying Connected With Your Teen Workshop Leader
• Previously trained workshop leaders interested in a refresher course

For more information, please contact Parent Education Coordinator, Brooks Michael,

Family Day Dinner

Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ is a national movement launched by CASA Columbia in 2001 to remind parents that frequent family Dinners Make A Difference! While there are no silver bullets – substance abuse can strike any family regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender – the parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help parents prevent substance abuse in kids. For more information, contact Nancy Hans, , or visit Family Day Dinner – National.


The mission of the Youth Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) is to develop youth leadership in order to foster substance and violence prevention efforts at the state, regional, and local level. The Prevention Council of Roanoke County supports the movement, and has sent over 200 youth to date through leadership conference training at the state and local level.

YADAPP is youth-led. Students with common interests and ideals meet, connect and bond in a week full of fun activities, workshops and empowering speeches. YADAPP is attended each summer by approximately 600 high school students and adults from across Virginia. For more information on participating, please contact Sarah Flint at

Town Hall Meetings

In 2010 and 2012, the Prevention Council of Roanoke County partnered with Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) to host Town Hall style meetings, funded by SAMSHA, as a way for youth, law enforcement, educators, parents, and community members to hold a discussion around the troubling effects of underage drinking in the Roanoke Valley.

Collaborative Projects

Wrecked, Roanoke Children’s Theatre—
In the fall of 2011, the Council collaborated with the Roanoke Children’s Theatre to address the issues of underage alcohol use, and family alcohol issues, through a stage production. Through the support and participation of various local organizations, Roanoke County Schools, Roanoke City Schools, and RAYSAC, the 90 minute production was viewed by every 9th grade student attending public schools in the County and City. For more information on the results of this collaboration, please visit our CASE STUDY area.

Healthy Alternatives

Salem Family YMCA, Sprint YMCA Triathlon

The Prevention Council of Roanoke County is proud to partner with the YMCA of Roanoke Valley as it hosts the 2nd annual Salem Sprint Triathlon Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the Salem Family YMCA. In its second year, the triathlon offers positive event alternative for both new and seasoned athletes to compete as families, high school teams, or individuals. By promoting positive activity alternatives, the Council believes it adds yet another protective factor against the threat of substance abuse among youth.

Eric and Elliot

In 2013, the Council once again collaborated with the Roanoke Children’s Theatre.  This time the issue of depression and suicide was addressed through the stage production of Eric and Elliot.  Eric and Elliot is a Roanoke Children’s Theatre 4 Teens (RCT4TEENS) project and is a story of hope and healing about the warning signs of depression. Using gentle humor and fantasy, a final twist brought the message unforgettably home.

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