Assemblyman McDonald is proposing legislation to add Gabapentin to the Prescription Monitoring Program.
“So we’re trying to create a new category. Not to restrict its use. That’s an important component because Gabapentin is a drug, when used appropriately, serves a very important purpose,” said McDonald. “By the same token, we want to make sure it’s registered in the prescription monitoring program that all prescribers are required to look at and say hey, why are you taking Gabapentin? Do you have seizure issues? Do you have neuropathy? If not, maybe there’s a problem.”
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says he hasn’t seen a problem with Gabapentin in this area.
“It’s kind of like Xanax. It’s always out there. It ebbs and flows. We may get a bunch of arrests with it. It’ll kind of fall off the radar for a little bit, and then it’s back. Unfortunately, the heroin just hasn’t fallen off,” said Sheriff Apple.
But the sheriff said he’s seen something else troubling.
“Actually, believe it or not, we’ve been making a lot of meth arrests, and it’s decent meth,” he said. “It’s not like the ‘Breaking Bad’ meth that’s all nasty stuff. This stuff is pretty clean meth.”