DRUG ALERT | Officials warn of anti-diarrhea medicine's heroin ties
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBFF) - The FDA is sounding the alarm about anti-diarrheal medications which, if taken in large doses, can produce a high similar to heroin.
The medications contain an ingredient called Loperamide. Experts say those addicted to opioids have long been attracted to the substance.
“If you’re going through withdrawal and you don’t have money and you can’t get a hold of any pills or heroin or opiates, then you can pop a couple hundred of these and it’ll take the edge off,” said drug counselor Mike Gimbel.
This week, the FDA suggested that manufacturers re-package the produce with hopes of limiting the number of doses in each package.
Experts say the medication is safe when taken as directed.