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FRIEND: What's wrong with you?

YOU: (Sighing) Mario asked me out and I told him we could only be friends, but he kept texting me, and Karla saw a message and flipped out. I don't know why she even cares. It's not my fault he likes me. I'm so tired of her drama. It's giving me a huge headache.

FRIEND: Here, take these—my boyfriend gave them to me.

Vicodin can slow the heart rate and make it hard to breathe.

Later that day

YOU: (Groaning) I don't feel good...

NURSE: You don't look very good. Let's go sit down. I'm gonna take a listen real quick. Are you on any meds?

YOU: Um, well, a friend gave me some of her pills, and she said they were safe because a doctor prescribed them to her.

NURSE: No, that's not right. You sit right there while I make a phone call. (On the phone) Hi, yes, I need an ambulance here right away. I have a student who's taken some unprescribed medication If you could get here right away that'd be great, thank you.

NURSE: Okay, now listen, while the ambulance is coming, you need to know what you did is not safe. You cannot take prescriptions that are not prescribed to you from another student or a friend. So let's just wait until they get here, see what happens, and hopefully you'll be okay.

(Sirens)

ANNOUNCER: When you take medicine prescribed for you by your doctor and take it as directed, prescription drugs can help you. But, misusing or abusing prescription drugs is dangerous and you never know what the effects could be.