2023.01.31 | ME SUD Learning Community | Use of Non-Prescribed Gabapentin: Why is this happening and why is it important?


ME SUD Learning Community Webinar: Presented by Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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2023.01.31 | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Use of Non-Prescribed Gabapentin: Why is this happening and why is it important?

The use of non-prescribed gabapentin is rising. This session will review the clinical effects of gabapentin use by linking to gabapentin pharmacology and pharmacokinetic properties. The prevalence of non-prescribed gabapentin and risk factors will be described. Finally, clinical outcomes of non-prescribed gabapentin use will be reviewed.


1. Identify pharmacology and pharmacokinetic properties of gabapentin that link to key clinical effects

2. Describe the prevalence and risk factors of non-prescribed gabapentin use

3. Detail clinical outcomes of non-prescribed gabapentin use


  • Prescribing clinicians and their teams


Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP Dr. Stephanie Nichols is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of New England College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Pharmacist at Maine Medical Center in Portland.  She graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed an Inpatient Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center.  Dr. Nichols is dual-board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP).


Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Contact Hours

  • 1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
  • 1 Category I contact hour for psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 1 contact hour CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • 1 contact hour pending for alcohol and drug counselors from the board of alcohol and drug counselors