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February 3, 2016
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February 2, 2016
5 Tips for Traveling to the U.S. With Medications
You’re returning from a trip overseas and want to bring back over-the-counter drugs from Europe that aren’t 
available here. Can you? Your mother-in-law is visiting from Mexico to help with the new baby and runs out of her 
blood pressure medication. Can she refill her prescription at a U.S. pharmacy? Your foreign exchange student forgot 
his allergy medication. Can his parents mail it to him from Japan?  These are just some of the questions people ask 
the Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Drug Information.  

Note that FDA cannot ensure that medications approved in other countries are safe or effective, or have been 
manufactured properly.   So what are the rules for flying with or shipping medications? Follow the link  above for 
answers to common queries:

Q: What should travelers and visitors know about bringing medications into the U.S.?

Q: What if there’s a generic available overseas but not here?

Q: Can a foreign traveler get a prescription filled when visiting the U.S.?

Q: Can you ship or mail a prescription medication to the U.S.?

Q: What else should you know about traveling with medications?

February 1, 2016
ADHD drugs: Perceptions and reality on college campuses
NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American
Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop
pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate
medicine use.

January 29, 2016
Safe Medicine Disposal Protects Against Accidental Poisoning
Keeping unwanted or expired medicine in your home puts your family at risk. Every year, nearly 60,000 young 
children end up in the emergency department because they got into medicine while their parent or caregiver was 
not looking. Any medicine can be dangerous if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person, even medicine you 
buy without a prescription (known as over-the-counter or OTC medicine).  It is important to always store medicines 
up and away and out of sight of children. And when done with medicine, it is important to quickly get rid of it. 

Related from NCPIE: Safe In-home Medicine Disposal (30-
second video)

January 28, 2016
College Parents Matter
A website designed to help parents have difficult discussions about substance use with their college-age children.  
Topics include impaired driving, living off campus, housing and roommates, celebrating their 21st birthday safely, 
spring break, holidays and Halloween. The website was created by The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College 
Drinking and Related Problems. 

Ages 18 to 25 are the peak developmental period for the onset of alcohol and other drug problems as well as 
mental health disorders. Research tells us that the adolescent brain is not fully developed until the late 20’s and 
that the “CEO” part of the brain (the regions responsible for planning and regulation of behavior) develops a lot 
slower than the emotional centers of the brain. The result is that young adults in this age group tend to make 
decisions based on their emotions more than sound logical reasoning. Parents can enhance their child’s rational 
decision making.  This  website is intended to help in this regard.  Organized by common situations that increase 
the risk for high-risk drinking, like the 21st birthday, spring break, and housing and roommates, each page has a 
section on why the topic is important and a little bit of the research related to that topic, followed by two sections 
called “ Say this ” and “Not this.”     

January 27, 2016
Revised Opioid Overdose Toolkit Now Available
SAMHSA has released a revised version of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to educate first 
responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose.
Opioid use disorder has become a major health problem that accounts for a growing number of overdoses each 
year. In 2014, opioid overdose deaths reached alarming levels: More than 28,000 people in the United States died 
from opioid overdose, mainly opioid pain relievers and heroin.

The revised content now includes information on the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone 
hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.