Prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed in recent years. The sharing or selling of leftover Rx pills is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal. Rx drugs should only be taken by the person to whom they were prescribed. Sharing a few pills here or there is dangerous, even for a reason that may seem justifiable. Those who are in true need of medication can, and should, be seen by a physician. A doctor can make the proper diagnosis and even discover other medication or treatment that may be needed for a condition that is more severe than one believes it to be. Chances are if a person tries to get prescription pills from any source other than a physician, there is a bigger problem at hand. By sharing pills with someone, you are not helping him; just contributing to abusive or addictive behavior.
All prescription medications should be taken as directed by a physician. Most prescriptions should be taken until finished, because even though an illness or condition may seem like it has vanished, it usually still needs treatment. There are prescriptions however that will say “take as needed.” In these situations, there lies the possibility of having extra pills. Typically the prescription will have a date that the drugs should be taken by. All pills should be gotten rid of if they are past the expiration date. If there is no expiration date, use the general rule that most pills expire a year after the prescription is written. Dispose of any medication that is damaged, discolored or is in any way different from when the pills were new. Taking expired or damaged medication can be extremely dangerous to one’s health.
The only option for what to do with leftover Rx pills is to get rid of or dispose of them. Sharing, selling or saving pills for someone else is not an option. There are proper procedures and guidelines that should be followed when getting rid of leftover medications:
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