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Can you share your prescription medications?

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2022 | Drug Crimes

Over-the-counter medications are drugs that anyone can buy and use legally. There are sometimes age restrictions, meaning someone has to be at least 18 years old to buy them, but that is about as complicated as it gets.

Prescription medications, on the other hand, have much stricter guidelines. These are still drugs that can be used legally, but the person needs to have a prescription in order to make that use legal.

What if you’ve obtained a prescription medication and used some of it, but you didn’t need all of it. If you know another person who is facing a similar issue, can you share the medication with them? After all, you obtained it legally, so does that mean that it’s legal to use?

It is legal to use, but only for you

The thing to remember here is that prescription drugs are only legal in a very specific form of use. Only the person who has this prescription is allowed to use them. They are only allowed to use the medication as instructed by the doctor, and they have to pay attention to any warning signs on the label.

What this means is that sharing these prescriptions is still illegal. It is illegal for the other person to use that medication, and it is also illegal for you to give it to them. The fact that you have the prescription doesn’t make a difference in this case. It only makes a difference when considering your own use.

You can see how making a simple mistake could lead to some very serious drug charges, so be sure that you know about all the options you have.