Prescription drug abuse can occur in many ways. When a person takes medication that has not been prescribed to them, it is prescription drug abuse. When a person takes medication in a way other than directed, such as a larger dose, or crushing the pills to snort the contents it is prescription drug abuse. When a person takes medication with the intent to get “high” or feel good it is prescription drug abuse. Taking medication from a friend or relative for pain relief, or to help a person study or concentrate is abuse, even if there is no intent to get high.