Depending on your job or education goals, you may wish you had some extra reserves to tap into, something to help you squeeze in a few more hours of work or sharpen your focus. Rather than take illicit substances, you instead feel a prescription medication could help. Your friend has just the medication you desire. 

To avoid a drug charge for your good intentions, see what TeensHealth says about the matter. Understand the dangers and risks of taking someone else’s prescription medication, no matter your age. 

Inherent dangers  

Several risks come from taking a prescription intended for someone else. For instance, taking opioids could lead to shifts in mood, vomiting or a change in overall cognitive functioning. Using another person’s ADHD drugs may trigger a seizure, paranoia, an irregular heartbeat or heart failure. When taken without medical supervision, central nervous system depressants like Valium and Xanax can trigger seizures if you suddenly stop taking them. 

Risk of addiction  

Doctors know how much of a medication to prescribe a patient based on that individual’s overall health and medical needs. By taking another person’s prescription without supervision, there is a risk of becoming addicted to the substance. Doctors can recognize the beginnings of addiction and take action, something you may not be able to do on your own. 

Possibility of drug charges 

By using someone else’s medication, you could find yourself hit with drug charges. Law enforcement may deem you at-fault for an auto accident or even commit a crime because you are not in your right state of mind. 

Should you ever find yourself charged with a crime while under the influence of someone else’s medication, seek legal help. You have rights to protect and a defense to build.