'Poor man's methadone': Imodium is a potentially fatal high

A popular drug that promises rapid relief from diarrhea is worrying doctors and emergency room staff because of the dangerous high it gives opioid abusers.

The over-the-counter medication Imodium, whose main ingredient, loperamide, is an opioid, is cheap and easy to buy at a drugstore. It's available in bulk at Walmart and Costco.

At Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital, Dr. Chris DeWitt calls an Imodium overdose a “double whammy.”

Kas Roussy reports

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