Preventing Addiction Be Part of the Solution Preventing opioid misuse takes all of us: parents, friends, educators, community members, and the professional community. Below are places to start. Learn more, and play a role in preventing opioid addiction. If You Need Pain Medication Work with your doctor to make a plan to manage your pain (PDF). Learn about and consider all options for the treatment of your pain. Know the risks of prescription opioids (PDF). Follow-up regularly with your doctor. If You Are a Parent Talk to your children about drugs. Here are some tools to help: Parent Up Family Checkup Keep all pain medicine locked up and out of sight. Know how many pills should be in each container. Safely dispose of all unused medications. Model the behavior you want to see in your child. If You Are a Prescriber Utilize California’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, CURES. Stay up to date on prescription drug laws. Become skilled at having those “difficult” conversations” with patients. Learn about alternative treatments for pain.