L.A. Takes On Prescription Drug SwapsAcross the country, prescription drugs are sold over the counter at Latino swap meets and neighborhood stores. Los Angeles County has created a task force to inspect and bust these "botanicas."
Across the country, prescription drugs are sold without prescriptions at Latino swap meets and at neighborhood stores called botanicas. In Central America, buying penicillin or tetracycline over the counter is common. But the misuse of antibiotics creates several health risks. Los Angeles County has created a task force to inspect and bust botanicas countywide.