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Local death attributed to over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ill. - Randolph County authorities are issuing a warning after a person has died from what they are calling a new trend.

Coroner Carlos J. Barbour, Sheriff Shannon L. Wolff and State's Attorney Jeremy R. Walker say people are excessively using over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication.

They add that while this may not seem like a public safety issue, the active ingredient in an anti-diarrheal, Loperamide (commonly known as Imodium), is a synthetic opioid, which can be fatal when taken in large quantities.

They say they have seen a spike in people buying and/or shoplifting the drug to get high, and one person has died in Randolph county after overdosing on the drug.

They are asking parents to be aware of the drugs in their homes, and they are also suggesting businesses move the items behind the counter to combat excessive purchases or thefts.

Below, you can read their facebook post.

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