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Manchester woman charged with possessing gabapentin

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 19. 2017 9:05AM

MANCHESTER — A city woman was arrested Tuesday on warrants and drug possession charges after a search of her coat turned up a nerve pain medication health officials say has become a target of misuse.

Manchester police Lt. Brian O’Keefe said officer James Pittman saw a woman walking in the middle of Merrimack Street, near Enright Park around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and stopped to speak with her. Pittman spoke with the woman, identified by police as Teanna Bryson, 23, of Manchester, and determined she had two electronic bench warrants for her arrest out of Franklin, and took her into custody.

During a search of her coat following her arrest, Pittman reported finding three gabapentin prescription pills inside one of her pockets.

Gabapentin is a popular prescription approved to treat some types of seizures and nerve pain, as well as migraines, insomnia and anxiety. Also known by its brand name, Neurontin, it acts as a sedative and has become one of the most popular medications in the U.S. In September, it was the seventh-most prescribed drug in the nation, according to GoodRx.

In West Virginia, gabapentin was linked to 109 fatal overdoses in 2015, nearly 15 percent of all overdose deaths statewide. Another study found that 1 in 5 patients taking gabapentin do not have a prescription for it, and more than half of them were using it with an opioid.

Bryson was a charged with possession of a controlled drug, along with the two warrants.

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