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The dangers of taking someone else's prescription drugs

With health care costs as high as they are, you may be like many others here in Pennsylvania who hesitate to go to the doctor for ailments they don't consider serious. Even so, you have some pain that is intense enough to make you want to take something to make it go away.

When over-the-counter medications just won't do the trick, taking a medication prescribed to someone else may be a temptation. However, you may want to think twice about doing so.

What's wrong with taking someone else's pills?

You may not think that taking medication not prescribed to you would be a problem, but it could cause the following:

  • Adverse health events: A doctor prescribed the medication to someone else based on his or her medical condition and needs. Your physiology is different, and you could experience serious side effects that could jeopardize your health.
  • Adverse effects: You may have a different reaction to the medication than the person who gave it to you. For instance, a drug that acts as a stimulant for one person could act as a sedative for another.
  • Addiction: People most often take pain medication such as opioids belonging to someone else. These narcotics are often highly addictive.
  • Medical problems: Foregoing a visit to the doctor could keep you from receiving the correct diagnosis, and your condition could easily worsen.

If you are a pregnant woman, you should never take a medication without first checking with your doctor since it could adversely affect your unborn child.

The other problem

Outside of the physical and psychological effects that another person's medication could have on you, you could face another serious consequence -- criminal charges. The possession of a prescribed medication not belonging to you is illegal. By obtaining the drug without a valid prescription, you break the law. Moreover, if you become addicted to it, you could possibly commit other crimes to "feed" your habit. Further, if you drive while on certain medications, you could face charges for DUI-drugs.

If you already face criminal charges in connection with possessing and/or taking a medication prescribed to you, don't take them lightly. You could face serious legal consequences, including jail time and fines. In addition, the charges and/or a conviction would affect your personal and professional lives as well. The sooner you take action to resolve the charges, the better the chances are that you will receive the best possible outcome.

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