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The new drug that addicts are turning to because heroin isn’t enough

It’s designed to treat epilepsy but heroin addicts are now using the legal drug Pregabalin to get their fix

An epilepsy drug known as ‘the new Diazepam’ is being linked to an increasing number of deaths among drug users in Wales.

The Home Office announced in October that Pregabalin – which is used to treat epilepsy, anxiety, and nerve pain, among other conditions – will become a Class C drug from next April due to the rising number of deaths linked to the drug.

In Wales Pregabalin – which is marketed under names including Lyrica and others – was first mentioned in a death certificate in 2013, when one death was recorded. Since then the number has grown from two in 2014 to nine in 2017.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/new-drug-addicts-turning-because-15433365

Crackdown on painkillers amid addiction fears.

Two painkillers are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances amid concerns people are becoming addicted to them and misusing them.

The drugs – pregabalin and gabapentin – are also used for epilepsy and anxiety.

The move, announced by the Home Office, means it will now be illegal to posses the drugs without a prescription and it will be illegal to supply or sell them to others.

The government acted after experts said tighter controls were needed.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs raised concerns about the drugs – amid reports of a rising number of fatalities being linked to the drug.

The law change will still mean the drugs are available for legitimate use on prescription, but there will be stronger controls in place.

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