Have you ever lent a friend your pain killers or allergy medicines? At first glance, it seems like a kind favor, but in reality, sharing medication could potentially threaten a person’s health, according to the writers at MedicineNet. Prescription drugs are prescribed under a doctor’s supervision, and that supervision can be crucial to taking medicine safely.
People who get their medicine from a friend or relative may run into problems with dosage or intake frequency because they haven’t consulted their doctor for the correct information. Plus, not all drugs are safe for every person; depending on your personal health history and conditions, certain medications could be very dangerous.
This is alarming, considering a study in the American Journal of Public Health found that 27 percent of people have borrowed drugs from someone, and 23 percent of people admit to offering their own medications to others… (American Health Advantage)