Without Access to Opioids, Some Addicts Are Overdosing on Diarrhea Drugs (Atlantic)

A commonly overlooked side effect of opioid painkillers is constipation. The gastrointestinal consequences of the drugs have pushed addicts to wonder whether other constipation-causing medications elicit a similar high.

Loperamide, an opioid known by its brand name Imodium, is an over-the-counter treatment for diarrhea that can, in extremely high doses, produce a high or alleviate withdrawal symptoms. The cheap and legal opioid has contributed to rising overdoses. Read more in The Atlantic.

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