Drug authorities have been cracking down on people selling painkillers, but is it still illegal if you give them away? The short answer is yes. Giving someone painkillers which have been prescribed for you is extremely dangerous, as well as illegal. Read on to find out more.
Why is Giving Someone Painkillers Illegal?
When you acquire painkillers legally, your doctor grants you this access based on a particular medical condition that you have. Your doctor determines what dosage you need and gives you instructions for how and when to use the painkillers. The safety call is for your physician to make sure that you are using painkillers for an appropriate need. Giving someone painkillers is violating this contract; your actions could potentially be fatal for a person, and you would be the responsible party.
Why is Giving Someone Painkillers Dangerous?
When you give painkillers away, you are allowing someone who may not need the painkillers to use them. Even for someone who is not addicted to painkillers, this can be dangerous. Repeated use of painkillers can lead to addiction and other health problems. If the person is not able to get a prescription for painkillers on their own, there is probably a good reason. A doctor with extensive medical training has determined that it is not safe for this person to use painkillers for their condition.
The dose that you were prescribed was intended for your body and your particular condition; if you blindly give someone your painkillers, you may be giving them the wrong type of medicine for their condition, or a medication that will interact badly with their body, or the wrong dose for their body.
If you are giving this person painkillers, they may also be getting them from someone else. They may not follow the dosage recommendations, and they may accidentally overdose and cause themselves a lot of problems. Painkillers should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. If something goes wrong, this person may be embarrassed to admit that they have overdosed on painkillers and they may not seek the medical help they need.
What To Do Instead
You have a friend who is asking you for painkillers. How can you help them without giving them a potentially dangerous drug? For one, you can seek over-the-counter pain medication for them while directing them to a doctor.
It can also be tempting to give your child painkillers when nothing else you’re doing is helping to ease their pain. But this can be extremely dangerous; you don’t know what kind of dose they can handle or if this drug is suited for use by children. While you’re waiting for your doctor’s appointment to come up, try applying heat or cold to the painful area, or using other home remedies to ease the pain. If necessary, visit the emergency room rather than giving your child spare painkillers.
If you have old painkillers that you aren’t planning to use, throw them out rather than giving them to a friend. It may seem like a waste of money, but you could also be saving a life by not giving someone painkillers.