by Walter White » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:47 am
Rule of thumb: When you go abroad, take the medicines you will need, no more, no less. Narcotics and certain other drugs with a high potential for abuse - Rohypnol, GHB and Fen-Phen, to name a few - may not be brought into the United States, and there are severe penalties for trying to do so. If you need medicines that contain potentially addictive drugs or narcotics (e.g., some cough medicines, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants or stimulants), do the following:
Declare all drugs, medicinals, and similar products to the appropriate CBP official;
Carry such substances in their original containers;
Carry only the quantity of such substances that a person with that condition (e.g., chronic pain) would normally carry for his/her personal use; and
Carry a prescription or written statement from your physician that the substances are being used under a doctor's supervision and that they are necessary for your physical well being while traveling.
U.S. residents entering the United States at international land borders who are carrying a validly obtained controlled substance (other than narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or LSD), are subject to certain additional requirements. If a U.S. resident wants to bring in a controlled substance (other than narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or LSD) but does not have a prescription for the substance issued by a U.S.-licensed practitioner (e.g., physician, dentist, etc.) who is registered with, and authorized by, the Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe the medication, the individual may not import more than 50 dosage units of the medication into the United States. If the U.S. resident has a prescription for the controlled substance issued by a DEA registrant, more than 50 dosage units may be imported by that person, provided all other legal requirements are met.
Please note that only medications that can be legally prescribed in the United States may be imported for personal use. Be aware that possession of certain substances may also violate state laws. As a general rule, the FDA does not allow the importation of prescription drugs that were purchased outside the United States. Please see their Web site for information about the enforcement policy for personal use quantities.
Warning: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibits the importation, by mail or in person, of fraudulent prescription and nonprescription drugs and medical devices. These include unorthodox “cures” for such medical conditions as cancer, AIDS, arthritis or multiple sclerosis. Although such drugs or devices may be legal elsewhere, if the FDA has not approved them for use in the United States, they may not legally enter the country and will be confiscated, even if they were obtained under a foreign physician’s prescription.
Additional information about traveling with and importing medication can be found at the FDA's Drugs page.
by gavinmac » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:34 pm
by cambod » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:04 pm
Beck wrote:... Been traveling for two years so I am expecting to be checked.
virak wrote:Make something that looks like a real prescription pad similar to this: http://rojosonmedicalclinic.files.wordp ... d_2012.jpg.
Have a local person write down what you need in Khmer (except for the names of the prescription drugs) and sign it with a Khmer-sound alias. Good luck.
by virak » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:38 pm
by Beck » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:59 am
by dv8inpp » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:51 am
by gavinmac » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:42 am
I should imagine they would just take them, WORST CASE SCENARIO.
by cambod » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:36 am
Beck wrote:gavinmac wrote:A prescription for what drug, and how many pills are you planning to bring back?
When I was living in the States my Dr. Prescribed the generic for vicodin (hydrocodone) but moved to Thailand for a year and could not get anything close to that. Have been in Phnom Penh for almost two months and been taking valium 1o mg. so I can sleep at night. During the day I take a form of codeine (not that strong but seems to help) twice a day. So I will be in the States for six weeks visiting family and then we are off to China. I don't have insurance anymore so a Dr. in the States is out of the question. My question is if I have a prescription from a Dr. here for four sheets of valium and probably two packages of the codeine, will that be sufficient for customs in the States? We have five small grandchildren and soon to be six so I will need it! Thanks for any information you can provide.
gavinmac wrote:A prescription for what drug, and how many pills are you planning to bring back?
by Beck » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:53 am
by Uncle Monty » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:26 am
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