One of the basic rules when it comes to prescription medication is never to take a medication not prescribed to you. Even if you know what the drug is and how it works, you should never take someone else’s medication. This is a safety precaution. It also is a legal obligation. Sharing your pills or taking someone else’s prescription is against the law in New York, so you can avoid a legal charge by following this rule.

You may also want to be aware of counterfeit pills when taking a prescription that is not yours. The problem is lethal because the Drug Enforcement Agency has found traces of fentanyl in various drugs found on the street. It only takes a very small amount, a couple of grains, of fentanyl to kill a person. Due to these findings, the DEA recommends not using any prescription drugs not directly prescribed to you.

Even with a prescription, you should always go to your pharmacist to get the prescription filled. Never assume that you can take pills you buy off the street or get from another person just because they are exactly what your doctor prescribed to you. Counterfeit medicines can look just like the real pill, and you will never know the difference until it is too late.

Sharing your pills is also not a good idea. If you should accidentally share a counterfeit pill or even a real pill that harms someone, you could face criminal charges. Messing with prescription drugs is not something anyone should do. Leave it up to the professionals to determine what pills you and others should take.

Source: PIX 11