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More than 8,000 doses of pain medication gabapentin missing from New Castle Correctional Facility

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Posted at 6:57 PM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 19:26:33-05

NEW CASTLE, Ind. -- More than 8,000 pain medication capsules have been reported missing from the New Castle Correctional Facility.

A spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Correction says the gabapentin disappeared over the course of two months and was reported missing on Dec. 14, 2017.

The drug, which was being kept in a locked area, has now been moved to another secure location.

There's no word on who might have taken the capsules.

“Because the investigation is still ongoing some of the questions cannot be answered at this time. Rest assured moving forward the DOC will continue to work with our vendors to review and if necessary revise any protocol and/or policy as needed to prevent another incident, " said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Rob Carter.

Gabapentin is used mainly to treat nerve pain but can also be used to help people suffering from epilepsy, mood disorders, insomnia and migraines.

Research indicates abuse of gabapentin is on the rise.

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