Getting high on diarrhea drugs may sound like a joke. Unfortunately, it is completely true. Although drug addiction is a serious issue, one cannot help but be amazed at how inventive addicts have become. Drug addicts have come up with this alternative method of getting high.
Opioid addicts have found ways to beat the system by resorting to over-the-counter medication for diarrhea. Imodium is now being taken in high doses by teens and young people and can become dangerous. Opioid abuse has reached epic proportions, and Imodium is considered to have a huge attribution to this. Recently, Upstate New York Poison Center officials became alarmed after documenting the deaths of two men who overdosed on loperamide. It came quite as a surprise. The use of anti-diarrhea drugs as opioid substitute is just starting to be recognized.
The main ingredient of Imodium and similar drugs is loperamide, its main role being of slowing down bowel movements.
A decade ago, the use of this anti-diarrhea drug as a substitute to opioid began to be known on the internet. In 2012, after studying over 1000 posts on forums, it was concluded that users were dosing with up to 100 milligrams of the active ingredient. The recommended dose is 16 milligrams a day.
Inside the brain, this drug acts up in the same way as opioids do. It activates the same receptors. If taken in large doses, up to ten times higher than the regular dosage, it can ease withdrawal symptoms. But at huge doses, the drug produces the same high as in the case of opioid pills. That is why it is completely possible to get high on diarrhea drugs.
Specialists warn people that the abusive use of the drug can have serious repercussions on the organism. It can decrease the heart rate and blood pressure, and cause many heart-related problems.
Diarrhea drugs are appealing to addicts because of they are cheap and available without a prescription. Specialists now call for awareness from health care providers, as loperamide abuse is increasing. Doctors suggest that even if anti-diarrhea drugs are over-the-counter drugs, to be kept in the back and not be sold in bulk. Also, parents are being advised to keep an eye on their children. If you notice loperamide purchases made by your children, do ask questions.
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