For a sizable group of people in their 20's and 30's, deciding on their own what drugs to take - in particular, stimulants, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications - is becoming the norm. Confident of their abilities and often skeptical of psychiatrists' expertise, they choose to rely on their own research and each other's experience in treating problems like depression, fatigue, anxiety or a lack of concentration. A medical degree, in their view, is useful, but not essential, and certainly not sufficient. 

    They trade unused prescription drugs, get medications without prescriptions from the Internet and, in some cases, lie to doctors to obtain medications that in their judgment they need. 

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681 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you ever play pharmacist to your friends, by giving them prescription medicine you have if they need it?
For a sizable group of people in their 20`s and 30`s, deciding on their own what drugs to take - in particular, stimulants, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications - is becoming the norm. Confident of their abilities and often skeptical of psychiatrists` expertise, they choose to rely on their own research and each other`s experience in treating problems like depression, fatigue, anxiety or a lack of concentration. A medical degree, in their view, is useful, but not essential, and certainly not sufficient.

They trade unused prescription drugs, get medications without prescriptions from the Internet and, in some cases, lie to doctors to obtain medications that in their judgment they need.

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16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/20/05 - 4:32:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
I can give them aspirin...but I doubt I would let them try other medication that is supposed to be just for me.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/22/05 - 11:32:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've only borrowed aspirin.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/22/05 - 11:34:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, they can get their own medicine
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 12/28/05 - 1:36:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, they might have some weird reaction to it that could have been prevented if they had actually gone to someone who knows what they're doing.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 12/28/05 - 2:04:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only if it's things like painkillers.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/11/06 - 10:03:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
if i have it and they need it then i give it to em but i dont like play doctor with it or anything.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/11/06 - 10:44:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm sure some of my friends consider me to be a walking pharmacy...
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/11/06 - 11:03:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
I only let people take over the counter medications of mine. Even if I had any prescriptions, I think that would be too dangerous.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/11/06 - 12:18:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/28/2005 2:04:49 PM Butterfly555 wrote:
Only if it's things like painkillers.

15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/11/06 - 12:18:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure I would if they needed it
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/18/06 - 3:23:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I only give them pain killers. I wouldn't give them anything stronger, or medication for mental problems
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/18/06 - 3:32:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only things like aspirin. I wouldn't let them take any prescription drugs or anything like that from me. I wouldn't want it to affect them in a bad way because they didn't go to the doctor to see if it was alright for them to take.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/18/06 - 3:35:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow, that's really dangerous.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/5/06 - 1:28:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 10/25/06 - 8:36:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. I have had people ask me for my medication but I have never given them any.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/1/06 - 1:47:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
im always manage to get prescribed to things that my age group seeks (ie the "fun" pharmies), its annoying to deal with all the junkies at parties who nag me about selling them my prescriptions, its for me, not them
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/4/06 - 3:16:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, but if I had something that they were unable to get because of cost I might.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/17/06 - 9:08:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, that's like a step away from being a dealer. Plus, I'd have no idea what sort of negative side effects my meds would have on someone to which they weren't presribed.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 11/25/06 - 12:42:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
no it is being a dealer and why waste my stuff on them?
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/14/06 - 8:53:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
prescription medicine? umm, yeah, sure, prescription medicine. not narcatoics
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/14/06 - 8:54:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Just aspirin.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 11:21:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd be too scared that they would take it and somehow die and that I'd be responsible for that (and ultimately go to jail as well)... An asprin is one thing but prescription, nah.
14 yrs ago - Saturday 5/10/08 - 11:39:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Looks like a lot of people do this:

Many Americans Share Prescription Meds



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