Skip to comments.One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others: poll
Posted on 08/16/2013 9:28:02 AM PDT by Mozilla
Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed "ridiculous amounts" of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. Kurt said his colleague would give him between thirty and forty pills at a time. Usually he would take the Vicodin while alone, but he occasionally shared the pills with friends during an evening out.
He is not alone. One in 10 Americans admit taking a prescription drug they have not been prescribed, and a quarter of those people have used them just to get high, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll.
While about six in ten Americans who used another person's prescriptions did so for pain relief, a fifth took them to sleep or to manage stress and anxiety, the poll showed.
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If that includes penicillin, well . . .
Where did they get that number from?
Obviously, to qualify, a person would have to have taken 1 or more pills from someone else’s prescription.
“ONE” qualifies as much as “TEN THOUSAND”
The “study” is a fraud, as are most.
Only 1 in 10. I find that hard to believe. Left over painkillers, high end cough suppressants, all that kind of “use as needed” stuff becomes “household supply” from what I’ve seen.
I always hoard unused prescription painkillers. Once in a blue moon, when I need a little help getting to sleep, half of a Tylenol with codeine usually does the trick. I have also torn the tags off mattresses and pillows. Hopefully my time in Purgatory will be brief.
“Let’s all share Susie’s prescription” was a pretty common party activity in the 70’s.
My daughters have used each others meds snce they were babies. They were both prescribed albuterol for a nebulizer. There was no use in getting 2 boxes of the stuff. We’d get 1, and use it up between the 2 of them and then fill the other nes prescription if need be.
I agree with you. I would guess the number to be maybe 50% of adults, if not more. And that is just the “household supply” types, not those who are abusing drugs or taking them to parties, etc.
Last I heard they called them “pharm parties” now, everybody bring something from home, put it in a bowl, mix it around, grab a handful and see what happens. But there’s legitimate sharing too, the wife gets a dental procedure and a painkiller, doesn’t use it all, 6 months later you drop a hammer on your foot, hey there’s some T3 in the cabinet. Sure you could go to the doctor have him say “wow that looks painful” and get a new scrip, but really, there’s already some in the cabinet, and it says take as needed.
Really surprised it’s that low. I would have guessed a third easy.
I’ve used my wife’s nebulizer when I had a really nasty chest cold. Useful stuff, just keep an eye on how long you’ve needed it in case it’s something worse than a chest cold, no more than 3 days is my rule.
I don’t have problems with family members sharing drugs for legitimate medical needs.
I would never give someone vicodins to go have a party. They also contain acetaminophen (Tylenol) which can cause acute liver failure if taken in moderately high doses or mixed with alcohol.
All of our drugs become ‘household supply’. We even refill scrips after they are needed to have them on hand. Saves trips to the doctor for BS stuff.
I would venture that in most families one relative has offered pill or two to another for a quick relief from migraine, muscle pain or insomnia. If that is what they are discussing and not the illicit buying and selling of prescription drugs, then big whoop, there are many more than one in ten Americans involved.
I was at a party with a [UK} pharmacist years ago. Deaths by the wrongly filled prescription came up, and she told people that BP meds was one of the most common mistakes at the time (up for down, down for up).
A friend didn’t have insurance and his sister sent him Vicoden for his back pain and Albuteral for his asthma. He and his wife were getting a divorce and she was messing around with the sheriff. The medicine got intercepted and he was brought up on drug charges.
I always hoard unused prescription painkillers.
When you have a debilitating back spasm so you can’t drive to the doctor (or walk to the toilet) it makes good medical sense to take one of the Vicodin left over from the wife’s surgery last year.