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Pregabalin and gabapentin become controlled drugs to cut deaths from misuse

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 16 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4364
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Pregabalin and gabapentin will be reclassified as class C controlled substances in the UK from next April to reduce the growing number of deaths associated with their misuse, the government has said.1

Victoria Atkins, parliamentary under secretary for crime, safeguarding, and vulnerability, said, “Any death related to the misuse of drugs is a tragedy. We accepted expert advice and will now change the law to help prevent misuse of pregabalin and …

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