Update and Commentary

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Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted, and for that, I apologize. Life happens.

I will likely be going to nursing school this fall. I have a 4.0 GPA in my prereq classes (Chemistry, A&P, etc.), rocked my TEAS exam, and didn’t act like a bumbling fool in the interview, so I’m waiting to hear for sure if they’re letting me in. (They probably will.) Moohoohahaha.

I mentioned this success to a young doctor the other day who smiled at me, tilted her head to one side, and said (more than a little condescendingly), “That’s great. See? It’s never too late.”

Okay. First of all, seriously? I mean, granted, I forget sometimes that I’m not 18 years old anymore. But it’s not like I’m a 90-year old great-grandmother going after my GED. Sheesh! Secondly, being a doctor you should appreciate how difficult it is to pursue any kind of medical degree; try doing that and working to support yourself at the same time AND maintain a 4.0 average. Yeah. So there.

*crickets*

Wow. Tough room.

So there’s that.

More importantly, I wanted to let readers know that I will be attending a get-together with people on the front lines of the loperamide issue very soon.

Do you have questions or concerns that you want me to carry forth?

Everyone who writes to me increases our knowledge of the scope of this problem and how to better approach it. So your input is important to me. Your letters inform and sometimes break my heart. I’m so appreciative for all you have written.

I know a few people have raised legitimate concerns regarding the present OTC status of loperamide and the potential impact if that changes. I promise to take all that into consideration and bring your thoughts to the table with me.

What do you want people to know? How has loperamide addiction has affected your life?

Comment below and let me know. Thanks!


“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” — Abraham Lincoln


 

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About madmargaret

Nursing student, Mac nerd, medical 'genius', recovering addict, singer, ex-actor, and all-around swell egg. Really!
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One Response to Update and Commentary

  1. Margaret (Kate):

    I am just checking in on your blog after a long hiatus. My son died in 2016 from a loperamide overdose and yours was the only source of information we could find in trying to deal with it. Here is a copy of an unanswered comment from 2016. My opinion hasn’t changed, and thank you for doing this:

    Margaret (Kate):

    I have been following your blog for the last 7 months once we discovered that our son was using loperamide in large doses and suffered an overdose. Your site was very helpful in the search for answers. You are correct, the medical community is totally unaware of this issue. My son was interviewed by lead addition doctor and counselor at the hospital so they could try to get a better feel for this issue. We were told several times that it was impossible to abuse or get high from loperamide. We knew at the time that they were wrong, and your site was a breath of fresh air on this issue.

    Two more stints in rehab did not help my son and, sadly, he passed away 2 months ago from what we presume was an overdose. We are waiting for the results of the autopsy. He went to sleep and did not wake up. They found an industrial size bottle of immodium (off brand) and some other over the counter medicine in his possessions. The EMT’s tried Narcan with no effect. We are devastated. He tried so hard but could not get free of his addiction.

    I just want to thank you for leading the charge on this issue. We are losing an entire generation to drug abuse and addiction. We need all the voices t speak out about this problem if there is any chance of getting in front of it.

    You are a talented and funny writer. Please keep blogging. People are reading it.

    – Rob

    As far as the future, I think that the direction the FDA is taking is the correct one. People think that because loperamide is OTC it is safe. It is not. And the fact that it is cheap and easy to buy in large quantities and doesn’t show up on drug test makes it more likely to be abused. The doctors we dealt with were clueless and in complete denial when our son told them what he was doing. More information to medical professionals and restrictions on packaging and quantities are the first steps. Maybe even restricting and tracking purchases like they do with Sudafed. I honestly believe that of my son was more aware of the danger and loperamide was more difficult to obtain, he would be alive today. May be dealing with another different set of problems, but I would give anything for us to be dealing with them together and than my family being alone without him.

    Keep up the good work.

    Rob

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