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Oct. 8, 2020 – OBJECTIVE: Gabapentin, an anti-convulsant medication used to treat seizures and neuralgia, is also prescribed off-label for the treatment of substance use disorders and withdrawal symptoms in treatment settings. Yet, reports of gabapentin misuse are increasing in the United States. The present study examines the misuse of gabapentin in treatment and transitional living facility settings.
METHOD: Data are drawn from a study examining gabapentin misuse in South Florida. The sample includes 34 adult participants who reported past-year use of illicit opioids and/or the misuse of prescription opioid medications, as well as histories of gabapentin misuse and treatment for substance use disorder. Data analyses included descriptive and in vivo coding schemes and used a descriptive qualitative approach.