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One reason why sharing meds is risky

There are many reasons for people to refrain from sharing their prescription medications with others, even if the benefits seem to outweigh the advantages. One such reason is the potential for the medication to have an adverse effect on the person taking it. The result if the person on the medication is driving could be a car crash leading to significant injuries, or worse.

In many cases, it is illegal in Illinois for someone to have medication that was not prescribed to him or her. For one thing, some medications are addictive, and there can be an inequality on the sides of supply and demand. For another, each person has unique medical histories, unique health markers and different reactions to medications. Doctors make prescribing decisions based on these factors and others. They take the opportunity to explain to patients which substances, such as alcohol, they should not mix their medications with. When someone gifts her or his pills to another person, bypassing procedures such as a doctor's appointment can create dangerous situations.

Crash risk increases

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says, "It is difficult to determine how specific drugs affect driving because people tend to mix various substances, including alcohol. But we do know that even small amounts of some drugs can have a measurable effect."

The institute also says, "Use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe--just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at risk."

If you have been injured by a driver who was on medications, the police should already be checking whether the driver's medications were obtained legally. If nothing else, this is an issue your lawyer can look into. Prescription drug sharing and fraud are real problems in the United States, problems that have far-reaching effects that many people never think about.

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