• By Vivien Williams

Mayo Clinic Minute: 2 reasons not to share pain pills

December 22, 2016

a person's hand full of medicine pills, prescription tablets, vitaminsIf your spouse is suffering with a bad headache or fall, it's OK to give him or her a leftover prescription opioid pain pill you have from a past surgery, right? Mayo Clinic experts say sharing opioids is not a good thing to do.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to pain medicine specialist Dr. Mike Hooten about why sharing opioid pain medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine can be dangerous.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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