U.S. State Department warns about counterfeit pills in Mexico
The State Department has issued a health alert about the possibility of counterfeit pills at pharmacies in Mexico, including some containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Driving the news: "Exercise caution when purchasing medication in Mexico," the State Department travel alert, which was posted Friday, said.
- "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," the alert said.
The big picture: The State Department has "do not travel" alerts in place for six Mexican states and "reconsider travel" recommendations for seven others.
- The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning to residents earlier this month to avoid traveling to Mexico.
- The warning came after four Americans were kidnapped and three other women went missing in February after crossing the border.
- "Mexico is safer than the United States," he said at a press conference earlier this month.
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