Over the years there has been a number of strange and unusual forms of drug dependency. As drug addiction is a serious disease that affects more and more people each and every year, it becomes increasingly crucial to stay informed on all the latest trends that are moving through the population. This is especially true for those who live with teenagers, as they are the ones more likely to succumb to the pressures of trying these new and dangerous fads with drugs.
The latest trend involves something that is likely already in your medicine cabinet — anti-diarrheal medication. One mother went into her son’s room one day, expecting to find the usual dirty clothes and old dishes, but came across a box of diarrhea medication instead. Knowing he didn’t need it for it’s intended use, she confronted the teen about the prescription, and uncovered a trend that seems to be taking people by storm.
Apparently, when the drug Imodium A-D is taken in high enough quantities, it can replicate a heroin like high. When they say large quantities, though, it really does mean large. While the recommended amount is 2 pills for the intended use, abusers are consuming 50 to 300 pills per day to get the desired effects.
This compound works the same way as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone do, and the sale of these pills is completely legal. In fact, they are extremely easy to obtain and nearly any drugstore, and a pack of 400 tablets sells for less than $10. That makes this method infinitely cheaper than other drugs, which in turn makes it infinitely more dangerous.
While the pills are completely safe in the intended quantities, when taken at such high doses they can lead to severe stomach cramps, heart failure, and even death. It is increasingly important that parents are mindful of these trends and making sure their children are informed of the side effects as well!
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