WHAM (Rochester, NY):
Addicts turning to anti-diarrhea medicine
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - Imodium could soon be harder to find at some pharmacies.A new study posted in the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows anti-diarrhea medicine, like Imodium, is being abused by drug addicts, and has led to at least two deaths.
The study shows that between 2011 and 2015, the Upstate New York Poison Control Center, which covers all of Upstate New York, saw a seven-fold increase in calls for people abusing Loperamide. That’s the main ingredient in Imodium, and it is also an opioid.
The scenario of abusing over-the-counter medications is one Lisa, whose son is battling a heroin addiction, is far too familiar with.
“It’s a monster, it’s very powerful,” said Lisa. “He used a lot of cough medicine, Sudafed, Robitussin, over-the-counter stuff.”
The results of the study surprised one local pharmacy. The Livonia Lakeview Pharmacy pulled its anti-diarrhea medication off the shelf.
So pretty soon nothing is going to be available over the counter because someone somewhere will figure out how to abuse everything from vitamins to baby aspirins.