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Under the Narcotic Drugs Import and Export Act, not even a physician may lawfully take narcotic drugs with him when leaving or reentering the United States or any territory under its control or jurisdiction, unless he first secures appropriate permits. Apparently unaware of the law, some physicians have carried a small quantity of narcotic drugs in their medical bags, and on their return to the United States these drugs were seized and forfeited in accordance with the statute. The same restrictions apply to patients for whom narcotic drugs are prescribed. The U. S. Bureau of Narcotics cautions that narcotic drugs should not be carried by patients traveling in foreign countries, since the drugs are subject to seizure and forfeiture if discovered by customs authorities. Normally, patients in a traveling status on board a ship may receive medical attention from the ship's physician, and drugs may be secured from the ship's
CARRYING NARCOTICS IN FOREIGN TRAVEL. JAMA. 1955;157(4):348. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950210044018