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At this animal pharmacy, the retail brand of Nembutal is Pisabental. Don’t be surprised if the store does not have any bottles on the shelves. It is not uncommon for a store to send a messenger to the depot for collection. For the customer this may mean a return visit in an hour or two’s time.
After several years hiatus, Nembutal is once again obtainable over-the-counter in Tijuana. This is not to say Tijuana is unchanged as a border city for it is very different from only a few years ago. Ten years ago, Tijuana was a bustling tourist destination. Five years ago it was a town wracked by drug war violence. At that time the very visible presence of the military made the city a frightening and intimidating place to visit. In 2014 Tijuana is a fine city to visit for a day trip or longer. Its new face is certainly worth noting.
Gone are the soldiers with their machine guns. In their place is a visible, but not overwhelming, civilian police presence; much the same as what you would find in US towns and cities anywhere. What is less visible is a vibrant tourist trade. Depsite the clean streets, there are still scant tourists.
Another notable change in Tijuana is the dearth of vet stores. Whereas in the late 1990s, there was a vet store on every block, there are now only a handful of farmacia veterinaria in operation.