Morphine

Is it helping or killing?

Description

An analgesic and narcotic drug obtained from opium and used medicinally to relieve pain.

Type of drug

Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of this medicine is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. This form of morphine is not to be taken like Advil, it is only for fast acting relief when in a medical center of some sort. However Morphine is not for treating short-term pain after surgery or procedures unless you were already taking morphine before the events.

LONG TERM EFFECTS

Continued use or abuse of opioids can result in physical dependence and addiction. The body adapts to having the drug on a regular basis and withdrawal symptoms occur if the usage is reduced or stopped. some of the side effects include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes with goose bumps also known as the "cold turkey". users can also adapt to having the drug in there system, meaning that long-term users must increase their doses to be able to get the same high.

short term effects

The short-term effects of using morphine include exhaustion, apathy and depression—the “down” that follows the “up.” It is this immediate and lasting exhaustion that quickly makes the user want the drug again. Soon the user is not trying to get “high,” due to the fact that they don't have energy they are only trying to get “well” and to feel any energy at all.

how is it used

Today morphine is used medicinally for severe pain, cough suppression, and sometimes before surgery. It is hardly ever used by people except by doctors and other medical personnel who have access to the drug. It is injected, swallowed or inhaled, or taken through rectal suppositories

Legal Status

Morphine is titled as a level 1 drug (all that I could find on legal status)

Addiction related issues

Like other opiates, morphine causes slow breathing, lowered heart rate, dopiness, constipation, euphoria and itchiness. Too much morphine can result in unconsciousness, cardiac arrest, suffocation due to lack of breathing and coma, even death. When opiates like morphine are withdrawn, the effects of this withdrawal include not only dope sickness but also strong cravings for more of the drug. These cravings can over take someones thoughts and stop them from being able to make rational decisions. The person may have taken more drugs before they even know what happened


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Consequences of addiction

a persons body quickly becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug. According to the National Pain Foundation, "the average body becomes accustomed to the presence of opiates within two weeks of use. At that point, the craving effects created by the drug may drive a person back to use more morphine."

Ways to get help

according to many addiction blogs, "Morphine withdrawal occurs any time you drastically reduce doses of morphine after you develop a period of dependence. Morphine is as potentially addictive a substance as heroin. It isn’t weakness of will or character that a person feels a craving for the drug; morphine is highly addictive – the brain as well as the body develops a dependence upon it."