'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.”
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Dr. Scott MacDonald, Providence Crosstown Clinic