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.