Why gabapentinoids are becoming the new opioids
Gabapentinoids are the new opioids, say addiction experts who want prescribers to understand their risk profile.
When taken at higher-than-recommended doses, the drugs produce sensations of detachment and euphoria.
A team of US researchers has found that abusers typically mix gabapentinoids with opioids, marijuana and cocaine.
Also, there is now evidence that people who have primarily abused opioids are turning to gabapentinoids, including gabapentin and pregabalin because of difficulties obtaining opioid prescriptions or buying the