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2022 Mar 09

Drug Alcohol Depend


Nonmedical use of gabapentin and opioid agonist medications in treatment-seeking individuals with opioid use disorder.


Ellis MS, Buttram ME, Kasper ZA
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 Mar 09; 234:109400.
PMID: 35290917.


As prescriptions for gabapentin have increased in recent years, nonmedical use and risk of adverse outcomes (e.g., hospitalizations and overdose) have been identified, particularly in association with opioids, including opioid agonist medications (OAMs) buprenorphine and methadone. However, there is a lack of systematic, nationwide data assessing the relationship between the nonmedical use of gabapentin and OAMs.