Deadly Results for Individuals Self-Medicating Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms with Diarrhea Drug

May 12th, 2016

William Eggleston, a doctor of pharmacy and fellow in clinical toxicology at the upstate New York Poison Center, explains how patients are using the drug loperamide, commonly sold under the brand name Imodium, to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms. As lead author of a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, he explains,

“Because of its low cost, ease of accessibility and legal status, it’s a drug that is very, very ripe for abuse.”

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