Truth Frequency Radio

May 04, 2016



May 4 at 6:40 AM

When the emergency team arrived, it was already too late. The 24-year-old man, who had a history of opioid addiction, was not breathing and lacked a pulse. His case report, recently published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, includes an unusual detail along with this all-too-typical tragedy: The responders found a half-dozen boxes of loperamide — a popular anti-diarrhea medication, sold over the counter as Johnson & Johnson’s Imodium or Medique’s Diamode — all completely empty.

Long considered an innocuous drug — the Centers for Disease Control recommends it for travelers who find themselves abroad with the runs — loperamide has been swept up in America’s ongoing opioid epidemic. Four in 10 Americans say they know someone addicted to opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, not to mention those who are addicted to illegal opioids such as heroin. In a 2014 Senate testimony, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora D. Volkow, said that 2.1 million people in the United States were abusing or addicted to pain relievers.

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