You share books, clothes, and meals with your friendsÃ¢â‚¬”but would you share your meds? Scarily, one in 10 Americans have taken a prescription drug they havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been prescribed, according to a recent ongoing poll by Reuters.
The current stats from the survey include responses from 6,438 people. Although a quarter of people admitted to having used prescription drugs for recreational use, the majority said they turned to other peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s medications to relieve common health issues such as pain, sleep troubles, stress, and anxiety.
Why? Asking your friends for their meds saves you time and money compared to scheduling an appointment with a doctor, says Wilson Compton, M.D., division director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who was not involved in the poll. But even if your symptoms seem similar to someone elseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s OK for you to take their medicationÃ¢â‚¬”your body could suffer from unforeseen complications, says Compton, or the drugs could interact badly with something youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re already taking. Bottom line: WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s safe for one person isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily safe for you.
If you think your symptoms require medication, see a health professional like a doctor or pharmacistÃ¢â‚¬”some maladies can be cured with simple OTC meds. Have leftover pill bottles sitting in your medicine cabinet? Recycle them so that you arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tempted to give them to your friends or family.
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