Pregabalin/Lyrica reclassified to a class C drug

Pregabalin/Lyrica reclassified to a class C drug
01/04/19

A prescription drug linked to 33 deaths in 2017 in Northern Ireland will now be treated as a class C drug.

Pregabalin - also known by the brand name Lyrica, or the street name bud - is an anti-epileptic drug also used to relieve chronic pain.

Northern Ireland has the highest prescription rate for pregabalin in the UK.

It is illegal to have class C drugs without a prescription and illegal to supply or sell them to others.

There will also be stronger controls in place to ensure accountability and minimise the chances of pregabalin falling into the wrong hands or being stockpiled by patients.

Deaths relating to the prescription drug are on the rise.

In 2016 eight drug deaths were linked to Lyrica misuse - one year later that figure rose to 33.

To Read more:   https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47766520