A JUDGE in County Antrim warned the taking of Pregabalin - also commonly known as Lyrica - without prescription carries "all sorts of dangers".
Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court where Daniel Joseph Wylie (43), of Coastguard Road, Larne, admitted possessing the drug which is classified as Class C when it is not part of a prescription.
Police saw the defendant walking at Circular Road in Larne at 3.30am on February 27 this year. He told police he was starting a nightshift as a painter and decorator but, a prosecutor said, "he couldn't account for why he was in that specific area in the early hours of the morning".
A search of a backpack uncovered ten Pregabalin tablets and the defendant confirmed he did not have a prescription.
Judge Marshall ordered the defendant to 40 hours of Community Service and added: "Supplying Pregabalin without prescription and taking it carries all sorts of dangers and risks to Mr Wylie and others".