Sharing Prescription Meds Common Among U.S. Teens

One in five have 'loaned' or 'borrowed' drugs, study found about 20 percent of U.S. teens exchange prescription drugs such as antibiotics and allergy medications with friends, a practice that can be dangerous and potentially deadly, warns a new study appearing online in the Journal of Adolescent Health. For example, a teen who’s taking the acne medication Accutane — which has been linked to birth defects — may give some to a friend who is pregnant but doesn't yet realize it, the researchers said. They interviewed 592 adolescents, aged 12 to 17, and asked them if they'd ever “borrowed” or “loaned” a prescription drug. If so, the teens were asked what kind(s) of drugs were exchanged, if they gave or received any warnings or instructions with the medications, and about outcomes. Besides finding that about a fifth of those surveyed had swapped a prescription medication with a friend, the study also found that almost a third of teens who took a “borrowed” prescription didn't tell their doctor. That type of situation can lead to unforeseen drug interactions. (Source: FMI Pharmacy dailyLead)
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