When you go to the doctor and are given a medication to take, you are supposed to fill the prescription, go home, and take as directed. One thing that you should never do is share your meds with your friends. A recent poll has shown that 1 in 10 Americans have taken prescription medications that were not theirs. This is not only illegal at times; it can be very dangerous as well.
The most current poll surveyed 6,438 people. A quarter of those people admitted to using prescription drugs for recreational use, however most of them said that the only time they went to someone else for medications was when they were in pain or were sick. If they are not prescribed the medication, why would they take it in the first place? The simple answer…because healthcare is too expensive.
With the cost of healthcare services on the rise such as the cost to go to an appointment with your doctor, the copays, and then the cost of getting a prescription for yourself may not be affordable to many people. If they feel this is an isolated incident they will go to others for medication to save themselves the hassle of going to the doctor and spending all of that money.
Even if your symptoms are the same as someone else’s, you should never take their medications. You may have a condition where taking a medication that is not meant for you could potentially kill you. You could be allergic to it and have a reaction, you could have a reaction to another medication you may be taking, or your body just can’t handle the drugs. If you feel that you have a medical issue that needs medication and over-the-counter drugs don’t work, see a medical professional. It may cost more, but it is a lot safer.