Loperamide exposure has increased 167 percent statewide over the last two years, according to the Pittsburgh Poison Center. Officials with the FDA said some people are using loperamide to get high and to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
“Loperamide may be used for recreational purposes, but a lot of times, it’s trying to treat their own symptoms of withdrawal,” Lynch said.
Lynch said people must know that any medication, including loperamide, can be dangerous if taken in large amounts.
“(It’s important to) raise public awareness, because people using or taking loperamide don’t know it is this dangerous,” he said.
Officials with the FDA added a warning to product labels for loperamide last year, alerting people to the dangers of ingesting large doses of the medication.