“In the midst of a nationwide opioid addiction crisis, a different type of drug may be slipping in under the radar.
Instead of prescribing opioids, this drug was thought to be just what the doctor ordered for some patients. But there’s a growing body of research uncovering the misuse of it.
And now there’s even a black market for this popular prescription – gabapentin – being sold cheaply on the streets, with the slang name “johnnys.”
Gabapentin is a widely popular medication. There were 64 million prescriptions for it in the U.S. in 2016, up more than 60 percent in just four years.”
Source: NBC12.com – November 20, 2017