Morphine (Roxonol)

The prescription drug Morphine is a potent narcotic opioid pain reliever commonly prescribed to relieve moderate to severe discomfort.  Morphine is most frequently used to treat post operative and cancer pain.

Morphine can be taken orally as a tablet, capsule or a solution/syrup with dosages ranging from 15 to 100 mgs.  This extremely addictive prescription drug may be smoked or injected intravenously for more intense pain relief.

Opiates like Morphine, work by attaching to opiod receptors, which are proteins in the gastrointestinal tract, brain and spinal cord.   When Morphine enters the central nervous system and binds to opiod receptors in the brain and spinal cord, then a person experiences an immediate relief of discomfort.  This happens by Morphine attaching to these receptors, and thus blocking out the body’s natural response to pain.

Due to Morphine’s highly addictive nature it is classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a schedule II drug, which means it is more tightly regulated than most prescription medications.

Although Morphine is one of the most effective treatments for moderate to severe pain, this prescription drug should be taken with caution.  Many people abusing Morphine suffer from the delusion that as long as they’re taking it for pain, then they will not become addicted.  They don’t think it sounds as serious as crack, cocaine or heroin.  The American public has faith in medicine, and many believe that using Morphine is healthier than abusing street drugs because it’s made in a science lab.  Unfortunately, this is just not the case.

Prescription opiate addiction is a growing crisis that crosses all socio and economic levels.  Whether it begins with a prescription to treat pain or by illegally purchasing Morphine for pleasure, the impact is devastating on communities, families and individuals.

Morphine Slang Terms:

  • dreamer
  • emsel
  • first line
  • God’s drug
  • hows
  • “M”
  • Miss Emma
  • Mister blue
  • Morph
  • pectoral syrup
  • unkie
  • white stuff

Effects of Morphine:

Most common side effects associated with Morphine include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Euphoria
  • Depresses breathing
  • Blurred vision
  • Sweats
  • Dizziness
  • Chills
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  • Facial flushing
  • Sedation
  • Nodding
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Seizures

Using Morphine for a long period of time, leads to physical and psychological dependence.  Tolerance develops rather quickly with those using Morphine.  This means a person needs more of the drug to produce the same effect.

Due to the effect Morphine has on the brain’s reward center, heroin addicts are constantly chasing that effect.  They search for that brief moment where everything is sublime.  Unfortunately, that moment is usually followed by overdose.  Morphine overdose happens when one takes more of the drug than their body can physically handle.

One should never take Morphine with alcohol or other drugs that slow the body’s functions.  If a person takes Morphine in a large enough dose, an individual will experience a dramatic decrease in respiratory function, which can lead to coma and even death.

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