Dangers of Sharing Prescription Meds Merrick NY

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. 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 in Merrick.

Local Companies

Rite-Aide
(631) 549-9400
391 West Main Street
Huntington, NY
Stop & Shop
631-376-2386
400 Union Blvd
West Islip, NY
Waldbaums
718) 279-3188
213-15 26Th Ave.
Bay Terrace, NY
Walgreens
516-594-7024
2745 Long Beach Rd
Oceanside, NY
Pathmark
718-937-5722
42-02 Northern Blvd.
Long Island City, NY
Rite-Aide
(516) 328-3434
657 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY
Pathmark
718-835-7900
92-10 Atlantic Ave.
Ozone Park, NY
Trader Joe'S
718-275-1791
9030 Metropolitan Ave
Rego Park, NY
Waldbaums
718) 359-2394
133-11 20Th Ave.
College Point, NY
Walgreens
718-470-0208
8345 Langdale St
Queens (New Hyde Park), NY

Provided By:

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.

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, according to lead author Richard Goldsworthy, director for research and development at Academic Edge, Inc. and colleagues.

"Other researchers have studied people selling prescription drugs, but we looked at people with good intentions, trying, for instance, to help a friend who lacked money or transportation for a doctor's visit," co-author Chris Mayhorn, an associate professor of psychology at North Carolina State University, said in a news release from the Center for the Advancement of Health.

The study appears online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The findings are important "for physicians, prevention coalitions, school counselors, parents and the youth themselves," Melissa Haddow, director of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, said in the news release.

Previous studies found that almost 40 percent of U.S. adults "loan" or "borrow" prescription drugs.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about teens and prescription drugs.

SOURCE: Center for the Advancement of Health, news release, Aug. 10, 2009

Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

Read Article at HealthDay.com

Related Articles
- Dry Lip Treatment Merrick NY
The treatment of dry lips is simple and requires a common sense approach. In most cases, one does not need to see a physician and self care remedies will reverse the condition. There are numerous non prescription products in most pharmacies that can help you cure the condition.
- Testosterone Treatment Merrick NY
- Panic Attack Information Merrick NY
- Treatments for Losing Weight Merrick NY
- The Dangers of Smoking Merrick NY
- Treating Yeast Infections Merrick NY
- Upper Arm Acne Merrick NY
- Treatments For Depression And Anxiety Merrick NY
- Prescription Medication Benefits and Features Merrick NY