There has been an alarming trend in recent years: Gabapentin, a non-opioid medication, has increased drastically in overdose toxicology reports. It is unknown if there is a direct role of this medication in the deaths. But, the problem has been so severe that Kentucky state legislatures decided to declare Gabapentin as a narcotic. So, it is now known as a Schedule V controlled substance.
At this point, the law has only been passed on a state level in Kentucky. Even though there aren’t any federal regulations controlling the use of Gabapentin, it is wise for medical professionals in other states to be careful with the use of this medication.
Significance of Narcotic Controlled Substances
Why is it significant that Gabapentin has been classified as a narcotic? According to the legal classifications for narcotics, medications with this label contain depressants or stimulants.
For many years, Gabapentin was used to treat seizures, and then it was found that this medication could be used for drug addiction as well. Since it isn’t classified as an opioid, it is an alternative that has been recommended by many doctors to help addicts handle detox symptoms.
But, some people started using Gabapentin to get high. Most drug screenings don’t test for this substance, especially since it is used for recovery. Even though Gabapentin doesn’t create the same high as opioids, it can create a new addiction for the person who is trying to overcome substance abuse. A person might not overdose on Gabapentin alone. But, the mentality of using another medication to get high can often cause a person to slip into relapse.
In fact, it has been found that there is often a presence of both opioids and Gabapentin on the overdose report. Addicts might stay away from opioids temporarily and then fall back into the use again. The presence of both substances indicates that Gabapentin acted as a gateway to relapse.
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