Education, Safe Handling of Prescription Drugs Essential to Curbing Misuse, Asserts Chapters Capistrano

Keeping prescription drugs out of reach and educating youth on the dangers of misusing these medications can help reduce addiction risk, says Chapters Capistrano.

There is often a misconception that because a drug is prescribed by the doctor, it is safe. While this is true when the medication is used as directed, when misused or abused, it can lead to dangerous results. Youth and young adults may not always be aware of the risks or may believe that addiction can’t happen to them, but without intervention, it can. Orange County drug rehab Chapters Capistrano, a drug rehab facility in Orange County, Southern California, has released a statement to the press regarding safe use of prescription medications and addressing addiction.

“Addiction can affect people of any age,” says Mike Shea, founder of Chapters Capistrano. “Educating youth about the risks and ensuring parents are setting a positive example in their own use of prescription medications is essential. Early detection and intervention can help people to get their lives back on track before their use becomes more detrimental.”

According to one article, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that “after marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older.” Though in recent years misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications has been on the decline, problems still exist. The article notes that some teenagers use prescription medications for weight loss, to help them study, or for experimentation.

“It’s important for parents to be involved in their children’s lives and alert to signs they may be misusing prescriptions,” says Shea. “If they seem overly stressed or worried, discuss healthy options for dealing with these issues. Drugs are only a temporary fix and do not resolve the underlying problem. This is a trap that many adults can fall into as well and can contribute to their own issues with addiction.”

Keep prescription drugs stored out of sight and out of reach of children. If it is their medication, make sure they know how and why it is used, as well as the correct amount. Using a pill box for the week can help with tracking and ensuring that children are not taking more than is prescribed, notes Shea. Parents should monitor their own prescriptions to make sure there are no pills missing.

“Adults should be setting a positive example and only using medications as prescribed,” says Shea. “They should not be sharing prescriptions with others and should properly dispose of any unused pills. Additionally, they should be having regular conversations with their children to educate them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol in a context their child can relate to and understand. It’s not a once-and-done conversation – it should be ongoing.”

If they do notice a problem, either with their child or themselves, parents should talk to their doctor and seek help, adds Shea. Getting their own use under control can set a more positive example for their children and help curb potential problems in the future. Adults who are looking for safe, comprehensive addiction treatment are encouraged to contact Chapters Capistrano for more information. There is help available and it is not too late to turn things around.


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, Southern California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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Company Name: Chapters Capistrano
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Phone: 949-287-8248
Address:1525 Buena Vista
City: San Clemente
State: CA
Country: United States