Medical care is expensive, and many people lack the ability to afford insurance or have inadequate insurance coverage. Sometimes, people cannot make it to the doctor when they are sick or injured, which may lead you to want to help them out.
If you have a prescription for a drug that could help a friend or family member, you may think it is no big deal to offer them some. However, FindLaw explains it is illegal to share prescription medication.
Trouble for both of you
Not only is it illegal for you to give medication prescribed to you to someone else but also it is illegal for that person to possess medication not prescribed to him or her. You could face charges for distributing drugs, and the other person could face possession charges.
Furthermore, sharing medication is dangerous. Only a doctor can properly assess what medication a person needs. The medical professional will consider issues such as allergies or drug interactions. The doctor also knows the proper dosage and usage instructions. You may not have all the information to ensure the other person can safely take the drug you want to share. In addition, if the other person suffers a bad reaction to the drug, it can lead to further issues.
Drug distribution or possession are serious charges. They can lead to jail time, fines and other punishments. In some cases, a charge like this could impact your ability to get financial aid or work in certain professions.
The bottom line is that you should never share your medication. It is not worth the potential legal trouble.