CADY’s World


Every year thousands of New Hampshire youth make a choice—a choice to use or not use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  CADY’s mission is to help our local youth make healthy and safe choices by working with schools, parents, youth, and communities to prevent and reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and to promote healthy environments and promising futures.  Substance abuse is a serious health and safety risk for our children and communities.  Prevention is one of the most important, cost effective practices to address the problem.  Prevention is simply protecting what we value most:  our children, and our community, from the harmful effects of illegal drugs and crime. 

Since April of 2000, CADY a non-profit organization, has served 17 rural towns in Central New Hampshire in various prevention capacities.  Our focus is comprehensive, outcome-based substance abuse prevention via extensive collaborations, implementation of environmental prevention strategies, and evidence-based programming.   From 2003 through 2013 CADY was a 10-year Drug Free Communities grantee and currently serves as the Central NH Substance Misuse Prevention Coalition for the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services.  Please see the CADY FACT SHEET click here for more information.

Our coalition is comprised of three school districts, community partners and members from 12 core sectors including law enforcement, guidance counselors, teachers, parents, the district court, recreation groups, youth and community centers, health and medical clinics, higher education, the arts, the media, local churches, and many other partners.

CADY is located at 94 Highland Street in Plymouth, New Hampshire.   We continue to support local efforts in the towns of Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, Livermore, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth and Woodstock to reduce and prevent youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and to promote healthy environments and promising futures for our local youth.

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December 8, 2015

Dear Friend of CADY,

On behalf of everyone at CADY, we want to wish you and your family health and happiness during this holiday season.  During this season of giving, we are hopeful you will consider a gift to CADY's Annual Fund.

Thankfully many of our kids are doing great! The youth leaders from the CADY Youth Advisory and Advocacy Council, pictured on the cover of our enclosed flier, are shining examples of youth who are thriving from enrichment and real-world opportunities.  Sadly, there are other youth we see in our region who have been unable to access these same opportunities and their well-being and life chances are at risk.

It's hard to pick up the paper or turn on the TV these days without reading or hearing about the drug epidemic we are experiencing here in New Hampshire.  Did you know:

  • One in six NH teens has abused prescription drugs.
  • NH ranks second in the nation for past month alcohol use.
  • NH ranks in the top ten states for past month marijuana use among 12-20 year olds.
  • In NH, it is projected that 400 people will die this year from heroin and opiate overdoses.

We must act!  The consequences of this epidemic are severe-addiction is stealing the lives of our young people. The human misery that drug abuse and addiction cause cannot be calculated.  The most responsible, cost-effective strategy is to stop these serious and tragic situations from occurring in the first place.

CADY is a nationally recognized, award-winning non-profit organization that has made real and long-lasting impacts on the lives of young people who are threatened daily by this epidemic.  The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse states that, "Prevention should be 'laser beamed' on children." Why is prevention so important?

Their research shows that a child who gets through age 21 without smoking, using illegal drugs, or abusing alcohol is virtually certain never to do so.

Local support is needed to continue our work in preventing and reducing substance abuse and promoting the vital relationships, connections, and opportunities youth need to thrive (please see program inserts for details on how we are shaping young lives).

We believe all of our kids deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential but the harsh reality is that only some get the chance.  Working together, we can increase opportunities for local youth and transform even more lives - please consider giving the "gift of opportunity" to a local youth this holiday season.  Any amount that is meaningful to you will be significant to us.  We are very grateful for your support and contributions to our work.  We send our best wishes for a peaceful and joyous holiday.


Michael Conklin
Board Chair

Deb Naro
Executive Director


To download a pdf version of our Appeal please click here.

The Top 5 Actions Schools Can Take To Help Reduce Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use

The top five actions were derived from Collective Action, Collective Impact New Hampshire’s Strategy for Reducing the Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Promoting Recovery. The state’s strategy was developed by the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, established in 2000. The Commission reviewed federal, state and local recommendations; considered state level data; gathered community input; and held a leadership summit to inform a strategy for the next five years to impact alcohol and other drug misuse more effectively. As identified in the state plan, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools provide critical opportunities to assess, and promote behavioral health. Schools serve a majority of youth and their families.

To download or view the pdf (please click here)

anyone anytime

In response to the opioid crisis in New Hampshire, the state has created the “Anyone. Anytime.” campaign to help anyone affected by this crisis. This includes people experiencing addiction, parents, family and friends of those experiencing addiction and health care, safety, and other system staff working with people who may be experiencing addiction.

In 2014, more than 300 people in New Hampshire died as a result of drug overdose, the majority of which have been related to opioids. This crisis includes heroin, street fentanyl, other illicit opioids, and misuse of prescription drugs.

Anyone. Anytime. is an initiative of NH Department of Health and Human Services.



Check the Stats NH

Introducing the new substance misuse campaign from the State of NH’s Partnership for a Drug-Free NH.

Alcohol and drug use amongst youth is a significant issue in New Hampshire. Here you will find the information you need to stay informed about the drug and alcohol problems facing the young people of the Granite State and the tools to help keep your kids safe. Did you know that as a parent or caregiver you may have the most influence in your teen or tween’s decision making? Studies show that kids who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs and alcohol than those who do not. For more information, please visit:

Marijuana Policy: Informing a Smart Approach

To view the slideshow presentation please click here,

When you say no to alcohol...

UnderAge Drinking


Sometimes there is no second chance

Parents Need To Know...

Alex's Story