Law change: pregabalin and gabapentin now a Class C drug

As of the 01 April 2019 pregabalin and gabapentin have been brought under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971  as Class C drugs and placed in Schedule 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 01.

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 covers possession, production and and dealing which means “You can get a fine or prison sentence if you take, carry, make or sell drugs or psychoactive substances. The penalties depend on the drug and the amount you have, and whether you’re also dealing or producing the drug.”

Pregabalin and gabapentin have, until now, been prescription only drugs. The change in law has been made in response to an increased number of deaths linked to these drugs which have been used “off prescription” or used at the same time as other drugs including illegal drugs. If you have these drugs and don’t have a prescription for them you could be charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Will the change in law affect you or someone you know? Find a local drug service for support using the Scottish Drug Services directory.

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