Drug Runners?

Spring 2002 CSANews Issue 42  |  Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.Back to list

Every snowbird, really, falls in to this category and there is a lot of
confusion on the part of border guards as to the various regulations.

A US citizen is limited to bringing back only a 50 DOSE supply of their
prescription drugs from a foreign country. With a proper prescription
from a US doctor, however, this can be increased to a 90 day SUPPLY.
This regulation has nothing to do with Canadians and other visitors,
 although we have seen it applied in the past.

Canadians are allowed to carry a sufficient (and reasonable) SUPPLY
to meet their needs during their entire stay in the U.S. As at this date,
this  can be defined as enough prescription medication for between
six months and one year, providing the following conditions are met:

1. Drugs are for personal use only,
2. You have a valid prescription
3. All drugs are in their original container,
4. Drugs have been approved by the USFDA (rarely an issue)

As always, we recommend that you answer only those questions you
are asked when crossing any border. If the drug question comes up,
simply statethat you "do have your medication with you".
Use the word "medication" and never say "drugs", for obvious reasons.
If this leads to further inquiry, it will be important to comply with the
above conditions and to help the border guard understand what a
visitor can bring on his or her visit to the United States. If real
trouble arises ask the border guard to review the regulations, very,
very nicely.