Misuse of Pregabalin and Gabapentin
Street names: Bud and Bud Lite
It is acknowledged by clinicians specialising in substance misuse or working in prisons that pregabalin and gabapentin are highly sought medications because of their use in enhancing the effects of opiates and their own inherent abuse potential.
Pregabalin or Gabapentin abuse may be a risk factor for overdose particularly if used in combination with alcohol, opiates and other CNS depressant drugs.
There is increasing concern that GPs are now being targeted for these drugs in the community but that they are unaware of their illicit value. Urgent Care Cambridgeshire has reported concerns over the increase in requests for top-ups for these drugs out of hours.