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    prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    A friend of mine is returning to the US and wants to know if it is illegal to bring a small amount of prescription drugs overseas (US) for personal use without a prescription. We both assume that if airport immigration in the states found a small amount of prescriptions drugs such a Xanax, Valium or Viagra in one's possession they might confiscate them but not arrest, right?? If he did have a prescription from a Thai doctor would this be legitimate in the US? What about mailing them overseas? I always get junk mail that advertise order prescription drugs online, so would this be a problem? Does anyone here have any experience with this?

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    We both assume
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    re: see rush limbaugh, you can't miss him, he's the fat guy with his mouth open, on coming into the country with unprescripted drugs
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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    As upstanding citizens my friend and I are unfamiliar with the laws regarding coming into the country with small amounts of prescription drugs, without a prescription . Would a prescription from a Thai doctor suffice? I have been busted once by US immigration for having a few Cuban cigars. The officer huffed and puffed and threatened that next time blah blah blah, but nothing came of it.

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    I doubt very much you/he'd get away with it, prescription or not. If they take your Zippos, they'd take your drugs.

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    Its up to the officer. But its highly illegal as well. Most cases you would just lose them, but if the customs agent had had a fight with the wife it might get sticky.
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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    how about taking back some antibiotics like amoxicilan?

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    Have a lil drip do we?

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?



    just got over an infected nose. too much picking!

    my nose has gotten infected here (not horribly so, but a tad swollen and red) more than any time in me life.

    would be nice not to go to the doctors to get a drug so easy to get here.

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    What about mailing prescription drugs back to the US... problem? I recall my brother ordering a bottle of Absinthe from some company in Czech Republic a few years back. There is some loop hole in US law that allows for this.

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    You definitely need a prescription for all pharmaceutical drugs in the US. Even one from a Thai doctor should be ok as long as it is written in English. I have carried medications in the past to and from the states and always carry a prescription and they allowed it. My only othe suggestion is to declare it, that way if they don't allow it, they just confiscate it but you were honest. If you try to sneak it and they find it, they could be a little upset and nail you to the wall.

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    You'll have to have the doctors prescription.

    Don't even think about it otherwise.

    But yes. you are allowed to carry in a personal supply ( three months) without any problem. But make damn sure you have that written prescription somewhere handy and safe. Also ensure the drugs are in their original containers.
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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    ^ What he said. If it's prescribed they won't/shouldn't take it away from you. Usually one doesn't carry the script around anymore (the chemist has it) but if the bottles match your name and, if they peer inside to check, the drugs match the bottle, you're ok. Unless the bottles were issued too long ago. I recently entered the US with a year's supply of some drugs, no worries - I told them I was travelling for a year and need them. Mind you, they weren't "fun" drugs, so valium and xanax may pose a different situation.

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    Just as a point of curiousity, Absinthe has recently been given the green light. Can now buy it US side.

    Medication is on the restricted list, so you will definitely want to declare it.

    I don't think Xanax, valium or any of the tranquillizers would be a problem if your supply is strictly for personal use. Which translates to a two month supply, just to be on the safe side.

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    Re: prescription drugs and US immigration... problem?

    agreed russell, I worry more every time about how much cash I am bringing in. Can you imagine for a family of 4 on home leave if I bring over 10 grand in cash between us I must declare it. For some not a problem, but for me I dont want the IRS knowing what I am doing with my money. I do transfer most by internet, but if going home the amount is too low as it has not been changed in 20 years.

    Back to the point at hand. Its all up to you and depends on the agent. I am sure you could easily google up the relevant clauses and so forth.

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