Taking medication not intended for a specific person is how prescription drug abuse often gets started among teenagers. One way this happens is that they are introduced to the drug through friends or others who themselves should not have the drug.
When this is the case, the teenager may not even know what drug has been taken, or the teenager may only know it by a "street" or "slang" name.
This can be especially dangerous if an allergic reaction or overdose situation occurs, as health care workers may have to waste valuable treatment time trying to determine what type of drug was taken.
Sometimes, though, teenagers are tempted to experiment with a prescription drug that has been prescribed to a family member, simply because they have heard others talk about the effects of the drug. This can be avoided by adults making sure the drugs are kept safely stored, and by keeping track with the amount of tablets or capsules that should be in the container.
Taking medication that is only intended for a specific person is not limited to teenagers, however. As mentioned earlier, there are increasing reports of college students as well as adults taking medication for ADHD treatment simply to increase concentration and stamina.
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This is as much a form of abuse as the other ones listed, because the drug is not being used by the person for whom it is intended, nor is it being used in the manner in which it was intended. This can cause a person to be criminally and civilly liable.