I would strongly advise against sharing your ADHD medication with friends. Here are a few reasons why:
- It’s illegal. Prescription medications are prescribed for a specific person, and sharing them with others is not only unethical but illegal and can carry stiff penalties. You could face legal problems or jeopardize your own prescription access if caught.
- It’s unsafe. ADHD medications affect everyone differently. What works well for you may be ineffective or even dangerous for someone with underlying health conditions you (or they) don’t know about.
- Incorrect diagnoses. As close as you may be, you cannot make an accurate ADHD diagnosis as you are not their medical provider. Many conditions have overlapping symptoms, so letting friends self-medicate is risky.
- It may disrupt their treatment. If a friend is seeking a legitimate ADHD diagnosis, self-medicating could impact their ability to be properly diagnosed and treated by a professional.
I know your intentions are good in wanting to help friends who you think have ADHD. But there are safer, legal options to support them, like encouraging professional assessments. Put your health first and don’t share your medication. Support them in seeking medical advice instead.