How to get around Indiana travel restrictions
Travelers from Indiana to Mexico and Central America can’t cross the border to purchase prescription drugs and other medical supplies, according to the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
That includes drugs that are prescribed by physicians.
“I don’t think anybody can get in the door, go through the screening process and get in,” said Dr. Mark Pecorelli, who is chief of infectious disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a board member of the Indiana State Hospital Association.
Pecoresi said that even though he doesn’t think Indiana has any drug shortages, he does believe Indiana is under more pressure to address the issue.
“We’re going to have to take a lot of hard decisions,” he said.
The new guidelines also recommend that Americans visiting Mexico and the Caribbean avoid taking the drugs and are not allowed to travel to the United States, which is the largest foreign market for the medications.
The CDC issued the guidance after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began requiring more stringent measures in response to rising demand for prescription drugs.
The DEA also issued new guidelines last week, which expanded the list of drugs that can be prescribed to include more types of opioids and also includes more medications to treat the symptoms of the disease, such as depression.
PECOREILL: We need to focus on treating people who are not going to get help in the end.
We need some type of treatment.
We’re not going, “Oh, we’re going, ‘You’ve got to have these drugs, we need to be able to provide those,'” he said, adding that the new rules also include a “rescue and recovery” policy for people who have overdosed on opioids.
The U.S. has a nearly three-year-old opioid overdose crisis, and it is not clear how the CDC is addressing the demand.
The agency reported that in the last six months, there were 1,074 opioid-related deaths in the United