Prescription drug abuse in the UK

Follow Up: Clinical Brief – August 9th

On August 9th, Clinical Briefs reported that doctors in the US may be substituting opioid scripts with gabapentinoids like gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica).

Authors of the study that found this worrying trend cautioned about the risk of prescription drug abuse shifting from opioids to drugs like pregabalin.

“…some patients misuse, abuse, or divert gabapentin and pregabalin. Some users describe euphoric effects, and patients can experience withdrawal when high doses
are stopped abruptly. The likelihood of gabapentinoid abuse is reportedly heightened among current or past users of opioids and benzodiazepines.”

– Goodman CW and Brett AS

Turns out, the BBC Three recently did a short documentary on prescription drug abuse in Northern Ireland, UK. Guess which drug made the cut?

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