As drug prices have spiraled upward in the past decade, tens of millions of generally law-abiding Americans have committed an illegal act in response: They have bought prescriptions outside the US and imported them.

One was Debra Miller, of Collinston, La., who traveled to Mexico four times a year for 10 years to get diabetes and blood pressure medicine. She quit in 2011 after the border patrol caught her returning to the US with a three-month supply that had cost her $40. The former truck driver drew a stern warning not to do it again, but got to keep her pills.

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  • Breaking the law for buying a lower priced medicine?? The act to take care of your own health has legal consequences because the crooks of big pharma?? Do I have to obey the dictum of a mafia conglomerate intent of illegally fleecing me because their greed and the obscene bonuses for the king pins?? Again, it seems the actions of the hired help aka “public servants/politicians” are clearly criminal and against the welfare of the very citizens that pay their bloated salaries, cadillac health care and perks.

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