FDA warns new drugs being used as opioid substitute "potentially dangerous"

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen, also known as Percocet, in New York. Cities and counties of all sizes have sued companies that make and distribute prescription opioids. Among the plaintiffs so far: Philadelphia; the state of Ohio; Princeton, West Virginia; the Cherokee Nation; and a consortium of counties across Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Ohio is one of many states starting to make headway in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Now, the Food and Drug administration is warning a shift from opioid prescriptions could have unintended consequence. Top officials from the FDA recently published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, saying the move is causing people to turn to alternative, potentially dangerous substances. Gabapentin is at the top of the list, which is a medication used to treat seizures and neuropathic pain. According to the FDA, Gabapentin use tripled over the last decade, and last year it was ranked as one of the 10 best-selling drugs.

In the article, the FDA explained how it's monitoring the trend and will take a proactive approach to preventing further addiction.

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