It’s reported that every day, 142 Americans die from a drug overdose. In Georgia, Opiod Officials are warning that some addicts are abusing Imodium and other anti-diarrhea medications.
This week, the FDA called on manufacturers to sell loperamide in single-dose blister packaging, in an effort to support the safe use of the drug. The FDA said the active ingredient in Imodium and similar anti-diarrhea drugs, acts on opioid receptors in the gut that can cause a euphoric affect in large doses — but that comes with severe health risks.
The agency said it continues to receive reports of serious heart problems and deaths with much higher than recommended doses. Some doctors are reporting that patients are taking hundreds of pills at a time to manage withdrawal symptoms from opioid medications like hydrocodone or oxycontin, or to get high.
In Georgia from June of 2016 to May of 2017, the total number of opioid doses prescribed to Georgia patients surpassed 541 million. Georgia is also among the top 11 states with the most opioid overdose deaths, and 55 Georgia counties have an overdose rate higher than the national average.