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Dangers of Sharing Prescription Medications

So really, what's the big deal? You have a bad headache and your friend gives you one of their migraine pills, they have migraines and it works for them, why wouldn't it work for you? You have some blotches of acne that your face wash doesn't get rid of so your friend who has some acne medicine lets you use some, it works for them. You are having problems concentrating on your studies so your buddy offers you some of their medication that they use to treat their attention deficit disorder; it helps them to concentrate, why wouldn't it help you? You may have helped a friend to move some stuff and you hurt your back so they offered you some of their prescription narcotics that they were prescribed for their pain. Not a good idea!

All of these situations are potentially very dangerous and illegal. First of all when you give someone a prescription medication you are in turn prescribing medication without a license to prescribe and that is against the law. If that person were to die, you could be charged with reckless homicide. This is under a federal law called the Len Bias Law.

Some acne medications include teratogenic ingredients which can cause serious birth defects if a women who is pregnant or doesn't know she is pregnant uses the medication.

If you are having severe headaches you need to seek medical attention immediately because it could be something much more severe then just a headache or a migraine. If there were to be a bleed in the brain, which causes severe headaches and you were given a medication that contains aspirin you could be in serious danger because of the potential for excessive bleeding.

Attention Deficit Disorder is a growing illness among our youth. This can only be diagnosed by a health care professional. There are different medications for this disorder that are made and prescribed specifically for the individuals' needs.

Narcotic medications are nothing to mess with. These types of drugs can do serious damage and can cause overdose and drug dependence if not taken with specific instruction and observation by your health care professional.

Next time someone offers or someone asks you for one of your prescription medications tell them "no" and politely inform them that it is illegal to share prescription medication. Tell them that these medications were prescribed to you by a health care professional and that they are used to treat your specific needs. Kindly refer your friend in need to a health care professional for a medical evaluation.

Have a safe and healthy August.

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