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Sharing medications: One way to get into trouble with the law

Your friend has been in pain, and you have some prescription-strength medications you want to share with him. You know that they're prescribed to you, but you also realize that your friend could get a similar prescription for pain if he went to the doctor. Giving him yours isn't a big deal, right?

Wrong. Giving someone else your prescription medications is a recipe for disaster. It's considered to be drug dealing, and your friend could get caught and charged with drug possession, too. When you receive drugs with a prescription, those are prescription medications available only for you. A prescription is essentially your legal waiver to possess otherwise illegal medications. Without a prescription, your friend could face charges.

The act of giving a prescription medication to another party may be considered a felony. As a result, you could face serious fines and penalties depending on the amount of the drug you transferred to another party. You could end up going to prison just for sharing a pain pill.

While you may think sharing your medications is helpful, it's actually harmful. Your friend needs to see a doctor if he is in so much pain that a narcotic is necessary. He can go to a hospital, urgent care or clinic to talk with someone who can help. It could be that there are other issues that need to be addressed, and masking the symptoms won't help your friend get relief.

If you're accused of drug crimes because of sharing medications, it's important to defend yourself. Our site has more on what to do next.

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