If you’re traveling with any type of prescribed narcotic used to relieve pain, such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, or Codeine, you might want to bring your prescription documentation, as well as a doctor’s note. Though this is not required by the TSA, it may prove helpful when getting through security. Since these types of drugs are widely abused, security screeners may raise a suspicious brow at them if they are unaccompanied by the proper paperwork. Having the original prescription will prove the pills’ necessity, and avoid any further delays or additional questioning.
The trouble of traveling with only a doctor’s note is that unless it was written in the previous month, it may lose validity. Prescriptions are clearly dated and include the signature of your doctor. Simply make a photocopy of each prescription before you have it filled. The photocopied version will be null and void, but this does not alter it as a valid document. To take extra precaution, you may also want to travel with phone numbers for your pharmacy and prescribing doctor.
Taking extra documentation may seem like an unnecessary hassle, but it could save you time at the airport when you’re trying to catch a plane. And if you are already in need of painkillers, the last thing you need is a headache from security.
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