Must Know for Those Who Travel with Prescription Drugs

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If you happen to suffer from a certain health condition; one that requires you to take some sort of prescription medication, you are probably familiar with most of the struggles that come along. The thing is, as you cross the borders to other countries, the challenges change, as well. Now, if it is your first time traveling, there are a few basic things that we firmly believe you should know before you head to the airport. Here are some of them:

1-    You Need to Keep Your Prescription On You

Keep in mind that, when traveling, you’ll be going into a different country as a visitor; you need to respect their rules. Logically speaking, prescription drugs are only given to a person based on a prescription. In other words, if you get stopped by airport security; or if you face any altercations with municipal police, you need to be able to produce a prescription. Most countries accept any type of proof that the medicine you have is yours and has been prescribed by a professional. While some countries will let you pass if you have the original pill container (if it has your information printed on the bottle), it is better to carry the original prescription or a signed document.

2-    Do Your Research Beforehand

Each country has its own set of laws. Some countries are incredibly strict. Japan; for example, has a non-negotiable ban on amphetamines; even if you have a prescription for them. Now, especially with legally questionable drugs; like, Kratom, you need to research your destination’s drug restrictions. You can simply contact the country’s embassy a couple of days prior to your journey, or just check this list carefully before your travel and you’ll be alright. Moreover, if you’ll be changing flights, don’t forget to research the rules and regulations of the transit destination; some insist that all passengers declare any medications in their possession.

3-    Pack Exactly What You Need

When abroad, there is a chance you won’t be able to find your medicine in local pharmacies. Even if you find it, your prescription may not be recognized by the authorities of the country you are in. That is why it is preferable if you pack enough to last you the whole trip. However, don’t go to the other extreme and take excessively more than what you need. It arouses suspicion when airport security sees someone bringing in large quantities of anything.  When it comes to prescription drugs; especially, opioids and amphetamines, they automatically see it as a potential security threat.

Before You Go

Remember that you’re entering a foreign country with its own ideas, values and beliefs and most importantly, laws. The security officials are responsible for protecting their homeland from whatever they perceive as potential threats. So, if you get stopped by airport security, just try to remind yourself that they’re just doing their job; it’s not xenophobia or authority abuse. As long as you’re not doing anything illegal, remain calm and co-operative. With that being said, we wish you a safe flight!

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