U.S. Officials Seek Packaging Fix To Curb Abuse Of Anti-Diarrhea Drug
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U.S. Officials Seek Packaging Fix To Curb Abuse Of Anti-Diarrhea Drug

September 1, 2019


NEWS AT 5:00. THE FDA IS CRACKING DOWN ON THE ABUSE OF OVER-THE-COUNTER ANTIDIARRHEA MEDICATION. THOSE DRUGS CAN PRODUCE A HEROIN LIKE HIGH OF TAKEN THE LARGE DOSES. AS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC RAGES OUT OF CONTROL, THE FDA IS TRYING TO PUT A STOP TO IT. HERE IS THE STORY NEW AT 5:00. Reporter: THE FDA IS ASKING ADMIT — MANUFACTURERS OF IMODIUM A/D TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY PACKAGE THEIR PRODUCTS. THE FDA SAYS THE VOLUNTARY MEASURES ARE NEEDED TO CURB THE GROWING ABUSE OF THE PARA MIGHT. ADDICTS HAVE BEEN BUYING HUNDREDS OF PILLS AND TAKING THEM TO GET HIGH. SOMETIMES 50 TO 300 PILLS A DAY. IT’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF PATIENTS GOING TO ANY LENGTH OF THEIR ADDICTION. IT IS CHEAP AND AVAILABLE AND IT CAN’T BE EFFECTIVE. IMODIUM HAS SOME VERY SUBTLE ADDICTION. PEOPLE USE IT BECAUSE THEY’RE TELLING THEMSELVES THEY ARE USING IT TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR DIARRHEA. Reporter: IMODIUM A/D WORKS ON THE BODY THE SAME WAY AS HAVEL ONE, BY BINDING TO RECEPTORS IN THE BRAIN CAUSING A SIMILAR EUPHORIA. IT CAN HAVE DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES. YOU CAN ALSO HAVE YOUR HEART GO INTO AN ARRHYTHMIA AND PATIENCE GOOD TIME. Reporter: THE FDA IS ASKING MANUFACTURERS TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF DRUGS PER PACKAGE FOR SHORT-TERM USE. OF RETAIL PACKAGE COULD CONTAIN ONLY EIGHT TWO MILLIGRAM CAPSULES, JUST ENOUGH FOR TWO DAYS. I THINK THAT TWO DAYS MAY BE SHORT. Reporter: THE FDA WANTS RETAILERS TO LIMIT WHAT CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE. YOU CAN’T BUY TONS AND TONS

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