Prescription rates for a painkiller linked to suicide and overdose TRIPLED in the last decade - as doctors received more and more kickbacks | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Prescription rates for a painkiller linked to suicide and overdose TRIPLED in the last decade - as doctors received more and more kickbacks

Prescriptions for a painkiller linked to suicidal thoughts have tripled in a decade - as doctors have been receiving more kickbacks from manufacturers, an explosive new study shows.

The uptick also suggests patients may be abusing the drug, experts say.

Gabapentin, which can ease both epilepsy and nerve pain by targeting certain brain receptors, is popular among US doctors in the height of the addiction epidemic because it does not interact with other drugs and it doesn't trigger a rush of ecstasy like most prescription painkillers.

However, new research by public health professors at UConn Health suggests its soaring popularity might be fanned by manufacturers' cash.

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