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Friday, June 18, 2004

Mexico's drug laws selectively enforced

Mexico's drug laws selectively enforced

For the thousands of people who cross the border between Arizona and Mexico every day to buy cheaper drugs, there are some important laws you need to know about.

The U. S. Consulate in Nogales, Sonora says, when it comes to a controlled substance, you must have a prescription from a Mexican doctor, and that the list of controlled medication differs from that of the United States.

The Consulate also says Mexican laws concerning controlled medication are unclear and often enforced selectively.

The Consulate recommends U.S. citizens not travel to Mexico for the sole purpose of buying prescription drugs.

Saul Rutin, a registered pharmacist who is very familiar with Mexican laws, says, "We knew what we could and couldn't do according to Mexican laws."

Rutin used to take senior citizens to Mexico to buy medications, but says he never had any problems because he didn't allow anyone to purchase a controlled substance.

The Mexican Tourism Ministry's phone number is 1-800-44-MEXICO.

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