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Pew Trusts: As doctors cut back on opioid prescriptions, abuse of Gabapentin rises

By Christine Vestal Pew Trusts Doctors who are cutting back on prescribing opioids increasingly are opting for gabapentin, a safer, non-narcotic drug recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By doing so, they may be putting their opioid-using patients at even greater risk. Recently, gabapentin has started showing up in a substantial number of overdose deaths in hard-hit Appalachian...