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Don’t share your pain medication

When you are prescribed pain medication, here is something you need to remember: You are the only person who should take the drug. While you may be tempted to share with others, such as family members and friends, this is never a good idea. Not only can it put them in a worse position, but it is also against the law.

It is easy to believe that "sharing is caring." It is easy to believe that sharing your pain medication or selling this to another person is the right thing to do. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

If a person requires pain medication, he or she needs to obtain it through the appropriate means. This means visiting a licensed doctor and having it prescribed for a particular condition.

There are many steps you can take to keep your pain medications from reaching the wrong person. For example, keep track of all your prescriptions. Have you noticed that some of your pills are missing? Along with this, make sure to keep all your medications in a safe place.

When you no longer need your pain medication, it is time to dispose of it. But don't simply throw the pills in the trash. Instead, take advantage of a medication take-back program.

When you share your pain medication you are not helping the other person. The same holds true if you sell the medication to another party.

While you may think you are doing the right thing by sharing or selling pain medication, you could end up in hot water with the law.

Source:, "Before You Share That Pain Medication," Mary Jane Horton, accessed March 22, 2016

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