by Robert Rosso
The first time that I heard of the pharmaceutical drug Gabapentin was back in June of 2000 while I was in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) and the United States Penitentiary (USP) in Leavenworth, Kansas. Following a drunk and unruly “group demonstration,” I was extracted from my cell, chocked to the point of unconsciousness, stripped naked and brought to an outdoor rec’ cage where I remained in that position until medical personal forced the correctional officers to untie me, some two hours later. Upon assessing my injuries, a physicians assistant (PA) recommend to the prison doctor that I be prescribed pain medication. Gabapentin is what they gave me.