Wellbutrin®: misuse and abuse by incarcerated individuals

J Addict Nurs. 2012 Feb;23(1):65-9. doi: 10.3109/10884602.2011.647838.


Misuse and abuse of prescription medications is increasing across both socioeconomic and age parameters. This article includes a review of the uses of Wellbutrin®, and its current misuse/abuse within the correctional setting. It includes a discussion regarding the pharmacodynamics involved in substance abuse. A review of current literature includes both academic research and public forums regarding this topic. It also discusses the role of dopamine in both Wellbutrin® and substance use. The author identifies the lack of current research regarding this topic and poses ethical questions for the provider.

MeSH terms

  • Bupropion* / pharmacology
  • Criminals / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Prescription Drug Misuse*
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy


  • Bupropion