People Are Getting A ‘Heroin-Like High’ Off Anti-Diarrhea Meds

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We’re not full of shit — though abusers probably are — but people are now getting a “heroin-like” high off anti-diarrhea meds. And everyone else is ODing on the stuff.

The Annals of Emergency Medicine recently published a study detailing the dangers of loperamide, the primary ingredient in Imodium, which is sold over-the counter. Loperamide, an opioid, can cause serious heart problems if too much is ingested, the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.

While the recommended dosage is between 8 milligrams and 16 milligrams per day, some people have taken as much as 300 mg in one sitting, CBS said. In addition, calls to national poison centers involving over-the-counter drugs such as Modium climbed 71 percent between 2011 and 2014, that report said.

How doesn’t someone figure that out? Who was patient zero? Show me the guy chugging poop-stopping meds to get a buzz.

The authors of Tuesday’s FDA report recommended restricting over-the-counter sales of the anti-diarrhea drugs, similar to other easily abused medications like pseudoephedrine, the decongestant used in Sudafed and other pills that can be processed into methamphetamine.

Now the guy at CVS is going to ask people to bring in stool samples just to buy a bottle of Imodium AD.

I miss the days of good old crack.

[via NJ.com]


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