IntroductionPatients are taking an increasingly active role regarding decisions that are made concerning treatments advised by their health practitioner, which may be potentially hazardous (Goldsworthy and Mayhorn, ; Beyene et al., ).Prescription medication sharing is a common example of this rising medical involvement; this has been documented in previous studies with prevalence rates ranging from 5 to 54.3% (Thompson and Stewart, ; Daniel et al., ; Howell et al., ; Larson et al., ; Goldsworthy et al., ; Hall et al., ; Petersen et al., ; Wilens et al., ; Goldsworthy and Mayhorn, ; Ali et al., ; Auta et al., ; McCabe et al., ; Ward et al., ; Markotic et al., ; Beyene et al., ; Gascoyne et al., ; Ellis et al., ).There are two types of prescription medication sharing behaviours: nonrecreational and recreational. Nonrecreational sharing consists of lending or borrowing medication for self‐treatment purposes. Recreational sharing is illicit lending/selling or borrowing/buying of medication for nonmedical purposes. Majority of medication sharing behaviours is nonrecreational (Goldsworthy, ).Nonrecreational sharing of medication bears both negative and positive features. Negative aspects include delayed seeking of medical care, increased risk of side effects, health complications associated with incorrect medication or multiplied risk of developing resistance to medication (Goldsworthy and Mayhorn, ; Dimitrov et al., ; Beyene et al., ).
European Journal of Pain – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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