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Old 01-18-2013, 06:51 PM
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Ralph Ralph is offline
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Except for OTC first aid stuff in their single use packets (aspirin, Benedryl etc) the only prescriptions I have are puffers for my COPD and those I carry in a side pocket. I have never been stopped, searched, detained or anything else - ever.In 55-some years of driving I have yet to get any violations.

If there is any question my prescriptions can be quickly verified by contacting the nearest VA hospital, though none of them are used for any other purpose as far as I know and, of course, they are in their original packaging.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:10 AM
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I take a few prescription meds daily as well as a multi-vitamen and iron. I put each daily dose in a 3x5 Ziploc, then to keep from crushing them to powder, I store in small plastic screw top bottles. I also carry a few Vicodin in with the daily pills just in case of emergency. The one time I hurt my foot I did not use the vicodin because I wanted to be able to think clearly.

I've used this method backpacking in MN, WI, MI, PA, NH, ME and FL. No one has ever asked to search my backpack.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:56 AM
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Don't know how I missed this thread before. I had a health issue a few years back, left me on more meds than I care for. 6 pills are absolutely necessary per day, another 4 are very highly recommended, and then there's the usual packing emergency stuff: pain, leg cramp, immodium or kaolin tabs, etc. I take a small pile of pills with me. Plus 2 extra days' supply (at least) should disaster strike and I go overdue.

I take two 1 week pill storage cases with me. One for A.M. and one for P.M. They are bulkier than I'd like, but with the number of pills I'm stuck with, I don't think there's a lot of wasted space. (I don't bother to label the daily pills, but I always stick a small paper label inside the pain, leg cramp, immodium, etc. so I don't lose track of what's what.)

The pill carriers aren't waterproof, but I keep them (along with other personal stuff) in a small ultralight dry bag marked "personals," and that stays buried deep inside my pack, so I'm sure they're safe from dampness.

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Old 12-09-2013, 10:25 AM
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There have been times that I've been on enough meds to stock a pharmaceutical warehouse. The only prescription med I'm on right now consists of one pill in the morning for the arthritis pain in my hands, although I do carry a mini drug store on the trail for whatever I might encounter.

I've often said that when I have to start counting the calories in the medicine I'm taking, that's a sign I'm taking too much!
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