10 percent of Americans admit they have taken prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them, with a quarter of those people using the drugs to get high, according to a new poll.The Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that about 60 percent of Americans sought pain relief when using someone else's prescriptions, 20 percent took them to sleep, or to manage anxiety and stress, Reuters reports.
Dr. Wilson Compton, a Division Director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cautions people from taking drugs that are not prescribed to them. He points out that doctors prescribe drugs according to a person’s individual needs, dosage levels vary. “Simply because it’s a medicine that comes from a pharmacy does not mean it is without risk,” he said. “There’s a reason they require a prescription.”
Sadly, two-thirds of those who used other people’s prescriptions said the drugs were given to them by a family member, friend or acquaintance. However, in some cases, people used other's prescriptions to save on costs, the article notes.
The online poll included the responses of 6,438 American adults.