Past Events

Drug Drop Event – Saturday, April 27, 2019

Floyd Against Drugs (FAD) and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department participated in the National Drug Take Back Day at Redmond Regional Medical Center on April 27th.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Unwanted and expired over the counter medications were also collected. The event is convenient in that participants did not have to get out of their cars but a volunteer would take their drugs, weigh them, and place them in a storage bin that was collected and destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). There were 30 pounds of medication collected with 48 cars participating. Look for another drug drop event in September.

If you are unable to participate in a community drug drop event, there is a drug box located in the booking room of the Floyd County Jail on Hwy 53. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cowboy boots and jeansAnnual Murder Mystery Dinner and Silent Auction, Thursday, March 21, 2019.


“There’s Gold and Murder in Them There 7 Hills” murder mystery dinner and silent auction was another sell out. This was the 5th murder mystery produced by mentalist and magician, Charles Wright,  and we raised more than $ 17,500.00.

Floyd Against Drugs is a non-profit organization made up of volunteer board members who have a passion to see Floyd County’s families live free of addiction and drug use. It is through this fundraiser each year that we are able to provide our community with prevention efforts aimed at our youth in order to stop this cycle.

Through this community support we have been able to purchase and provide:

  • drug wheels that we use during Floyd Teen Maze in order to educate our 1,600 ninth graders on the dangers of juuling, marijuana, and alcohol use;
  • purchased 17,000 items with drug free messages so that every student in our community could be reminded of the importance of choosing to live a drug free life during National Red Ribbon Week;  
  • Safe, Sober Prom radio PSA’s, billboards, and posters to support the Floyd Youth Action Team’s awareness campaign;
  • and provided Narcan training to over 50 public servants.

Most recently, FAD has used these funds to:

  • purchase Alcohol and Marijuana simulation glasses for Deputy Jimmy Allred to use in his educational presentations at the schools and during Teen Maze; 
  • 2 bullet proof vests for the Floyd County Sherriff’s Department K-9 unit, Rhett and Brew;
  • and a  K-9 Heat Alarm system.

Thanks to our wonderful cast members who donated their time and talents:

  • Robert Smyth
  • Dr. Brad Bushnell
  • Randy Quick
  • JJ Johnson
  • Dr. Melinda Strickland
  • Christa Jackson
  • Elaine Abercrombie
  • Severo Avila
  • Rhonda Wallace
  • Cathy Kerce
  • Dr. Ryan Cox
  • Bo Bushnel
  • Sammy Rich
  • Scotty Hancock

special thanks goes out to our sponsors without whom this event would not have been possible.

Diamond Sponsor

  • Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Platinum Sponsor

  • Northwest Georgia Housing Authority

Gold Sponsors

  • Brinson, Askey, Berry, Seigler, Richardson, & Davis, LLP
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Charles Wright Magic
  • Floyd County Schools
  • Floyd Medical Center
  • Forum River Center
  • Greene’s Jewelers
  • Lamar Advertisement
  • Owen’s Financial Group
  • Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics
  • River City Bank
  • Rome City Schools
  • Q102/103.1 Radio M
  • State Mutual Insurance Company
  • The UPS Store
  • YMCA

Silver Sponsors 

  • Ford, Gittings, and Kane
  • Garden Lakes Reality
  • Lowe’s
  • Redmond Regional Medical Center
  • Jeremy Smith
  • Synovus
  • Woodstock Furniture and Outlet

Bronze Sponsors 

  • Blue Water Aesthetics, UC
  • Colosseum Escape Rooms
  • Joe Hill’s Lawnmower Shop, Inc.
  • Merry Maids
  • Rita Smith, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant
  • Ryan Smith Photography
  • Tellus Science Museum
  • Gene Richardson, Chief Magistrate


Community Preview at Floyd Teen Maze

Tuesday October 23, 2018
6:30 -7:30 pm
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds

What is this?

Teen Maze is a life-size game that teens navigate as they encounter real life choices and consequences that often interfere with their reaching high school graduation. Teens pick scenarios about risky behaviors along the path and are presented information by volunteers and professionals on the consequences of alcohol, drugs, healthy relationships, and sexual activity.

Floyd Against Drugs is proud to be a part of this event as the “rehab” station.

Red Ribbon Week theme

The 2018 National Red Ribbon Week theme: Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free™.


The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and  largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching  millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®,  October 23rd – October 31st each year.  It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 – 31st.


Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”, he told her, “but I want to make a difference.”

In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon.

In 1988, the National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign™.

These drug free items are donated by such a community coalition, Floyd Against Drugs. Hope you enjoy and remember, LIFE IS YOUR JOURNEY. TRAVEL DRUG FREE.


Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. Check out for tips on talking to your children.  This applies to talking about both alcohol and other drugs.

Find out more about the Red Ribbon Campaign at

Floyd County Red Ribbon Week Activities

Drug Free Activity books will be given to PK – 2nd grades, color changing pencils to 3 – 5thgrades, ear buds to middle schools, and red silicon bracelets with a drug free message to the high schools. This represents 16,778 items that will be provided to all Rome City and Floyd County schools, Unity Christian School, St. Mary’s Catholic School, and Georgia School for the Deaf. The items will be delivered to the schools within the next couple of weeks for Red Ribbon Week which is October 23 – 31st.

Crush the Crisis logo

On Saturday, September 8th from 9 am to 1 pm, Redmond Regional Medical Center will be hosting “Crush the Crisis” – an opioid drug take-back event – in partnership with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Department and Floyd Against Drugs (FAD). The event will be held at Redmond Regional Medical Center.

All community members are invited to drop off unused opioids and expired medications at the “Crush the Crisis” event. Law enforcement officials from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to oversee collection and disposal of the medications.

Floyd Against Drugs (FAD) representatives will also participate in the event and be on hand to provide education materials.

The event will be held under a blue Redmond tent set up near the patient pick-up at the front entrance of the hospital. Those dropping off medications can enter at the main entrance off Redmond Road and pull straight ahead to the blue tent. Individuals will be able to “drive up” to the tent without having to get out of their car.

For questions, please call 615-324-1702.

Drug Drop Event 2018Floyd Against Drugs and Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Partner for Annual Drug Drop Off Event – Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Floyd County Jail from 9 am to 12 pm.

Floyd Against Drugs (FAD) and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the annual drug drop off event at the Floyd County Jail on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9am- 12pm.  Members of the Knights of Columbus have also offered to lend a hand to help the drive-up drop off line move smoothly.

“This annual event is vital to the Floyd Against Drugs mission,” stated Catherine Fricks, FAD board member.  “Statistics show that medications are the leading cause of child poisoning. Offering a safe way to dispose of medications helps keep the children of Rome/ Floyd County safe.”

The drug drop off event will allow the public to properly dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications to keep them out of the wrong hands and local waterways.  The drugs will be incinerated on site in the lower parking lot of the jail.  The public is asked to bring prescription and over-the-counter drugs in a bag or other disposable container to drop off.

“The importance of the drug drop off event is accentuated when you think about the opioid epidemic our country is facing,” commented Sergeant Carrie Edge, Public Information Officer. “The vast majority of people who abuse medications, such as opioids, get their first exposure using other people’s prescriptions. This is one more reason to take full advantage of the event.”

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is a state prescription drug disposal location.  If you are unable to make the event, drugs can be disposed of any day in the designated drop box in the Bonding Lobby.

“We hope the public understands the dangers of keeping expired or unused prescription drugs around the house,” commented Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell. “We encourage the public to partner with FAD and the Sheriff’s Office in the proper disposal of controlled and over-the-counter substances.”

Drug disposal locations can be found by visit or contact the Sheriff’s Office at 706-291-4111. For more information about Floyd Against Drugs or the drug drop event, visit

Save the Date for next Murder Mystery Dinner

Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine presents “Murder at the Skydale Sock Hop” benefiting Floyd Against Drugs (FAD). The event will be on Thursday, March 15th in the ballroom of the Forum River Center. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction and the catered dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Feel free (but not required) to put on your poodle skirt or leather jacket and join our cast in costume.

Our cast includes: Severo Avila, Dr. Garrett Barnes, Bo Bushnell, Dr. Brad Bushnell, Kim Bushnell, Jeff Fletcher, Scotty Hancock, Christa Jackson, Cathy Kerce, Randy Quick, Sammy Rich, Dr. Clem Slack, Robert Smyth, Dr. Melinda Strickland, Rhonda Wallace, and Mark Webb.

The Cast

Tickets are available until sold out (which has occurred each year) or until March 12th. You may purchase tickets on line or from FAD Board Members. NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR; ADVANCE PURCHASE REQUIRED.

Click here to buy tickets online.

For more information you may call 706-291-5187 or 706-291-5181.

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsor Logos

Table Talk Teen Forum

FREE Community Event consisting of a panel of local experts & youth

Sponsored by:

Floyd Healthcare Foundation
Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth
Georgia Department of Public Health – Northwest Health District
Floyd Against Drugs

Thursday January 25, 2018
6pm – 8pm

Floyd County Health Department
16 East 12th Street, Rome, GA

Doors open at 5:30 pm with FREE goodies for youth participants, pizza for everyone, as well as a Resource Fair!


Northwest Georgia Sexual
Assault Center

Floyd Against Drugs

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Download a flyer for this event

Red Ribbon Week 2017

The 2017 National Red Ribbon Week theme: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free™.


The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and  largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching  millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®,  October 23rd – October 31st each year.  It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 – 31st.


The Red Ribbon Campaign® was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG – FREE AMERICA. WHO? National Family Partnership is the sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Week® Celebration. We are helping citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign®.


Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. Check out for tips on talking to your children.  This applies to talking about both alcohol and other drugs.

Listen for the radio PSAs from FAD on Q102 and Radio M during the month of October.  Here is the link to the song and lyrics “Talk, They Hear You” which is the background music.

“Positive Social Norms Campaign” to prevent use and abuse of marijuana (Pizza Box Sticker)

Pizza box sticker

A positive social norms approach focuses on the positive messages about healthy behaviors and attitudes that are common to a group of peers. Our perceptions of our peers’ attitudes and behaviors influences our own attitudes and behaviors.

Be on the lookout for these pizza stickers beginning Thanksgiving week.  The purpose of this positive social norms campaign is to alert both young people and adults that not everyone is smoking marijuana.

Did You Know?

9 out of 10 Rome/Floyd County high school students did NOT use marijuana in the past 30 days.

*Georgia Student Health Survey in both Rome City and Floyd County schools.

And secondly to bring awareness to the damage to the teen brain when young people use marijuana.

Here are a few of the facts that we all need to know.

  • The teen brain is fragile, especially in adolescence. In 2012, one of the most well designed studies on marijuana and intelligence found that marijuana use reduces IQ by as much as eight points by age 38 among people who started using marijuana regularly before age 18.
  • Today’s highly potent marijuana poses an acute health problem for teens.
  • 1 in 6 kids who try marijuana will become addicted to it.
  • Marijuana is the #1 reason adolescents are admitted for substance abuse treatment in the United States.


 Teen Maze Event

Community Night Preview is Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds. All adults are invited to go through the Maze at this time.

Students will go through the Maze on October 26th and 27th.