By: Erica Schimmel
Morphine is an opioid pain medication that is made from the poppy plant.It’s molecular formula is C17H19NO3.
Morphine is an opioid, which is also a narcotic. It is federally classified as a Schedule II drug.
Slang names for Morphine are M, Miss Emma, and Monkey
Morphine can be Injected, swallowed, or smoked
Heroin, Oxycontin, or any opiate painkillers are very similar to Morphine.
It is used as medicine to treat moderate to severe pain.
Psychological: Impaired thought process, hallucinations, relaxation, delirium
Physiological: Severe respiratory depression, appetite loss, and nausea
Duration: Effects start within 15-60 minutes of taking the drug and, depending on the dose, they last for around 4-6 hours.
Physical-User relies on drug to create a chemical that causes the body to redefine what it considers pain.
Psychological- User thinks that they need the drug in order to function. When they do not have the drug, they can experience high anxiety and panic attacks.
Myth: Morphine is offered to patients only when death is imminent. False, morphine is prescribed based on the amount of pain the patient is experiencing, not by how close to death they are.
The risk of getting addicted to Morphine is very high. Morphine, like other opiates, is known to cause very serious abuse, dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal problems. Opiates account for around 83% of injected drug addictions, followed by methamphetamine/amphetamine at 11% and then cocaine at 5%.
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