Morphine

by Abby Long

About Morphine

Morphine is a narcotic drug used in the medical field to relieve pain, working directly on the central nervous system. It can be very addicting, or given a longer amount of time, the user might even develop a physical or psychological dependence on the drug.

Forms of Morphine

Morphine is most commonly in the form of a tablet, syrup, or injection, so it could be injected, swallowed, or smoked, depending on what form it’s in.

Many heroin addicts use this drug as a substitute for heroin when they are unable to obtain it, as both drugs are in the opiate family.

Street Names

Street names for the drug include TNT, Tango and Cash, Dance Fever, Murder 8, and Goodfella, but can also be referred to by the colour of the pill, most commonly being red, blue, or black.
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Effects of Morphine

Short term effects of this drug can be drowsiness, slowed breathing, nausea, and comas. Long term effects mainly occur from withdrawal, as users begin building a tolerance, requiring them to increase the amount of the drug consumed to achieve the same high. Withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, vomiting, cold flashes, insomnia, and muscle and bone pain.

Signs of Abuse

Signs of abuse of this drug tend to be nausea and vomiting after taking the drug. Mentioned before, this drug slows the breathing, which is the symptom that usually kills the person abusing the drug. They’ll also be tired and display abnormal behaviour.

Dependence and Addiction

Morphine can cause the user to develop a physical as well as psychological dependance on it along with a growing tolerance, which will eventually be fatal if out of control.