The U.S. Department of State is warning those traveling to Mexico of counterfeit pharmaceuticals available at pharmacies in Mexico, including those tainted with fentanyl and methamphetamine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reports counterfeit prescription pills are sold by criminals on both sides of the border.
The department said these pills are sometimes represented as OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax and others, and may contain deadly doses of fentanyl.
“Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often readily available for purchase with little regulation. Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.”
Counterfeit pills are readily advertised on social media and can be purchased at small, non-chain pharmacies in Mexico and along the border and in tourist areas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration regulate the transport of medication into the United States. Per regulation, medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States.
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