Some members of the public have encountered problems at United States Border points in attempting to transport prescription and non-prescription medications into the United States. Customs officials have taken action under the current policy of “ZERO TOLERANCE” in an attempt to curb drug trafficking across the border. The following should be kept in mind:
- Non-prescription drugs should be in the manufacturer’s original package.
Quantities should be sufficient only for reasonable personal use.
- Prescription medications should be carried in the original dispensing package, and not be mingled with one another or transferred to an unlabelled container
- Persons with chronic conditions who require ongoing medications would be advised to carry with them a note from the practitioner which certifies the drug(s) being used.
- Persons carrying needed medications may wish to volunteer this information when crossing the border.