While it is legal to buy hydrocodone/APAP from Mexico, you must have a valid prescription from a legitimate healthcare provider in Mexico. However, if you buy hydrocodone/APAP in Mexico, you may not be able to bring it back into the United States. Even if you can prove a legitimate medical need for the drug, this does not grant you the "right" to transport it.
Can I Buy Hydrocodone/APAP From Mexico?
Hydrocodone/APAP (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is a prescription pain medication. As a narcotic and a Schedule II controlled substance, the drug is subject to regulation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the United States. Because it is a highly desired drug of abuse, many people in the United States are interested in buying hydrocodone/APAP from Mexico. Many people assume that because pharmacy laws and regulations in Mexico are not as strict as in the United States that it is easy to get hydrocodone/APAP from Mexico.
Getting Hydrocodone/APAP From Mexico: Legal Issues
It is completely legal to buy hydrocodone/APAP in Mexico, provided you have a valid prescription from an appropriately registered and licensed prescriber in Mexico. Although Mexican pharmacies do not require prescriptions for many medications, prescriptions are required for controlled substances, such as hydrocodone/APAP. In addition, not all pharmacies in Mexico are authorized to dispense controlled substances.
A legitimate, reputable prescriber in Mexico will not prescribe hydrocodone/APAP for recreational purposes. He or she will want to see documentation that you are under the care of a legitimate United States medical provider and that you have a legitimate medical need for the drug. Also, a legitimate and reputable prescriber will be hesitant to prescribe large quantities of any narcotic, including hydrocodone/APAP, especially to a foreigner.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Package inserts for various hydrocodone/APAP products -- see the articles for specific hydrocodone/APAP products within emedtv.com for reference information.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Medications/Drugs. U.S. Customs Web site. Available at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/clearing_goods/restricted/medication_drugs.xml. Accessed February 22, 2008.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Schedules of controlled substances: rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II (August 22, 2014). DEA Web site. Available at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/fr0822.htm. Accessed October 6, 2014.
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