Abuse Potential of Gabapentin Could Be Higher Than Expected

Gabapentin has much higher abuse potential than previously acknowledged, according to an analysis of the drug’s recreational use.

The study, published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (2018;32[1]:115-121), analyzed the recreational use of gabapentin of 33 people in rural Kentucky. The participants were surveyed on their introduction to, and eventual abuse of, the drug. Overall, they reported using gabapentin for 10 years on average after it was prescribed off-label for their pain, …

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