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Gabapentin is a Schedule V Controlled Substance in Michigan

Posted: 01/10/2019

The abuse potential of gabapentin is well documented; with gabapentin having been noted as an agent highly sought after for use in potentiating opioids. When combined with opioids, the risk of respiratory depression and opioid-related mortality increases significantly.

To date, and despite empirical evidence suggestive of diversion and abuse with opioids, gabapentin remains a non-controlled substance at the federal level. This has forced individual US states and jurisdictions – often significantly impacted by the opioid epidemic – to forge ahead with legislative initiatives designed to reclassify and/or monitor the use of gabapentin. 

Click here for resources related to the updated 2018 Michigan Controlled Substances Prescribing Legislation.


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