Heartbroken Mom Discovers Son Died of Secret Addiction to Opioid-Like Diarrhea Medicine

Heartbroken Mom Discovers Son Died of Secret Addiction to Opioid-Like Diarrhea Medicine


Desperate addicts often turn to substances that can kill them, often misusing otherwise legal drugs that can have lethal consequences.

An anti-diarrheal drug anyone can buy over the counter called Imodium is a case in point. Because massive doses of the drug can replicate an opioid high, addicts who take it because of the ingredient loperamide “may take around 30-100 times the normal dosage,” Michael Damioli, an addiction specialist, according to WebMD.

“[Loperamide] is technically a substance that acts similarly to an opioid medication, but it doesn’t penetrate your brain unless in very high concentration,” Damioli said.

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“There are anecdotal reports of Imodium creating euphoria and intoxication in high enough doses, but no report has shown it to have pain-relieving effects,” he said.

“It’s an

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