Gabapentinoid abuse in order to potentiate the effect of methadone: A survey among substance misusers

Colin R. W. Baird (Lead / Corresponding author), Pauline Fox, Lesley A. Colvin

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Abstract

Background/Aims: There is emerging evidence of gabapentin and pregabalin (gabapentinoid) abuse, particularly in the substance misuse population, and some suggestion of gabapentinoids being abused alongside methadone.

Methods: A questionnaire-based survey was carried out in six substance misuse clinics, looking for evidence of gabapentinoid abuse.

Results: 22% (29/129) of respondents admitted to abusing gabapentinoids, and of these, 38% (11/29) abused gabapentinoids in order to potentiate the 'high' they obtained from methadone.

Conclusions: Gabapentinoid abuse along with methadone has not previously been described. These findings are of relevance to clinicians working within both substance misuse services and chronic pain services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Addiction Research
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Drug misuse
  • Methadone
  • New drugs
  • Substance misuse
  • Survey
  • United Kingdom

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