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Dangers of Getting Prescription Drugs from FriendsMany people believe that it is safe for anyone to use a prescription drug because they are legal and relieve countless symptoms, but these drugs can be quite dangerous. Misusing or abusing prescriptions drugs can be just as dangerous and even as deadly as illicit drug abuse, so Tennessee residents should seek help to avoid and break this dangerous habit.

Risks of Prescription Drug Abuse

Many people misuse opiate painkillers, central nervous system (CNS) depressants and CNS stimulants. When used properly with a legal prescription, many drugs are safe to use, but there is no safe way to use a drug that is intended for another Tennessean. In spite of the dangers of using someone else’s drugs, many people borrow drugs from friends and take advantage of others’ access to medications. Many people face consequences for their drug use.

The following consequences may follow if you use drugs from a friend:

  • You do not know how much you should take – The dose your friend is given is specifically tailored to his physical or psychological make-up, so it may be too much for your body to handle
  • It may affect you differently – Physicians consider many factors when prescribing a drug, but you circumvent this consideration by borrowing a friend’s drug. Doctors run tests, weigh the risks and discuss side effects with the patient before prescribing a drug, but because your friend’s concerns are not yours, you have no idea if it will be safe for you to use.
  • You do not know how to take the medication safely – Many prescriptions come with instructions on whether you should take it with or without food, before driving and with alcohol or other drugs, but ignorance of these conditions can be incredibly dangerous to your health and to others
  • You could get into legal trouble – Prescriptions drugs are legally approved for medical use when you have a prescription from a licensed health care provider. Otherwise, any Tennessee resident who possesses a prescription drug has broken the law, and he can be punished with fines and prison time.
  • People may not know how to help you in an emergency – If you have a health crisis and no one knows you are taking that medication, responders may not know how to help you properly
  • The drugs may be expired or not even the medication you believe they are – You may think your friend would be responsible with her medication, but there is no guarantee that the drug is still good, or that a bottle is holding the correct medication

If you use a Tennessee resident’s prescription to self-medicate your own condition or to get high, you may experience any of the aforementioned consequences. You may also risk addiction and be unable to control your cravings for drugs when addicted. Because you do not have direct access to the drug, an addiction may compel you to make foolish decisions and sacrifices to obtain it.

Prescription Addiction Help for Tennessee Residents

If you or a Tennessee loved one is addicted to a prescription drug, please call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about treatment. They are available 24 hours a day to help you find the treatment you deserve, so please call now.