Graduation Season: Nostalgia, Excitement, Possibility and Temptation!

High school graduation is an important milestone in a young person’s life, and the season is often marked with parties, outings, and other celebrations. During this time there are plenty of opportunities where teens may contemplate taking risks, especially drinking and drug use. At graduation time, teens may feel more pressure to celebrate by partying with illicit drugs, alcohol, or even prescription (Rx) drugs.

Your teen may be graduating soon, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to let go. Your graduate needs you now as much as ever. There are many ways to help keep your child safe and healthy:

  • Reinforce your expectations
  • Encourage your teens to make each moment count
  • Provide safe alternatives
  • Be aware and ask questions
  • Set a good example

Help kids celebrate in a safe and fun manner.

For tips on planning safe graduation parties and other teen celebrations, or information about how to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol – visit

The Nashua Prevention Coalition is a collaborative that received a five-year, $625,000 Drug-Free Communities federal grant to develop prevention programs that target drinking and drug use among young people in Nashua. United Way of Greater Nashua is its fiscal agent.

Monica Gallant is the Nashua Prevention Coalition coordinator.