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International News: United States warn about fake pills being sold in Mexico

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2023. 9:48 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: It’s a common practice for people in the U.S. to cross the border into Mexico to obtain cheaper medication, however, the U.S. state department warns that these fake and cheap medications could be dangerous.

On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning about dangerous counterfeit pills sold at pharmacies in Mexico that often contain fentanyl.

According to the Associated Press, Americans should “exercise caution when purchasing medication in Mexico.”

In addition, the State Department advised that medications “may contain deadly doses of fentanyl.”

“Counterfeit pills are readily advertised on social media and can be purchased at small, non-chain pharmacies in Mexico along the border and in tourist areas,” it said.

The University of California conducted a study that demonstrated that 68% of the 40 Mexican pharmacies visited in 4 northern Mexico cities sold Oxycodone, Xanax or Adderall, and that 27% of those pharmacies were selling fake pills.


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