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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