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Addicts Who Can’t Find Painkillers Turn to Anti-Diarrhea Drugs

Health : NYTimes: Health

The opioid epidemic has led to a form of drug abuse that few experts saw coming: the use of Imodium and other anti-diarrhea medications to get high.

FDA Looking for Apps to Combat Opioid Overdose

Addiction / Drug Addiction : Drug Free

The Food and Drug Administration this week launched the 2016 Naloxone App Competition to look for innovative technologies to fight the opioid epidemic. The post FDA Looking for Apps to Combat Opioid Overdose appeared first on Partne...

Opioid Crisis Leads to Abuse of an Unusual Suspect: Antidiarrheal Medication

Health : Newswise Medical News

With the opioid epidemic growing, some people are turning to an unusual and very dangerous alternative: taking massive doses of a common antidiarrheal drug called loperamide, often sold over the counter under the brand name Imodium.

Opioid abuse leads to heroin use and a hepatitis C epidemic, USC researcher says

Health / Diseases & Conditions : EurekAlert: Diseases

(University of Southern California) Heroin is worse than other drugs because people inject it much sooner, potentially resulting in increased risk of injection-related epidemics such as hepatitis C and HIV, a Keck School of Medicine...

FDA asks drugmakers to limit amount of opioid drug in packaging

Health : Reuters: Health

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of a common opioid medicine to change the way the drug is packaged, as part of efforts to deter its abuse amid an opioid epidemic in the United States.


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