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Morphine Overview

Morphine is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting formulations are taken as needed for pain. Extended-release morphine is for use when around-the-clock pain relief is needed. Morphine is not for treating pain just after surgery unless you were already taking morphine before the surgery. Morphine may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it. Do not drink alcohol while you are using morphine. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with morphine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol. Never take morphine in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Morphine Abuse Treatment

Morphine addiction treatment has two distinct phases – the initial physical withdrawal, and then the psychological therapy and behavioral treatment that needs to continue well into the future. It is advisable for all addicts to sign into a hospital for the first phase of treatment, and there are many treatment centers devoted to inpatient care in order to give addicts the best chance of long-term sobriety. They have standard inpatient stays of 28 days or a month, but some offer long-term sober living programs. The beginning of morphine addiction treatment will focus almost entirely on getting the patient through the first stages of withdrawal. This process is physical, and it would be nearly impossible for the patient to do any sort of psychological work or engage in group therapy because the physical symptoms are quite severe.

Morphine Signs of Abuse

  • Purchasing without a prescription

  • Faking symptoms to get a prescription

  • Over-use: even if it was prescribed, over using Morphine can lead to higher tolerance, and a faster development of addiction

  • Lying or stealing to obtain more of the drug

  • Hiding the drug from friends and family

  • Constantly using and thinking about drug in secret


Effects of Morphine Abuse

Morphine is a dangerously addictive drug and it presents the patient with a wide range of potential side effects, even when it is prescribed and the administration is monitored. Of course, when morphine abuse is taking place, the following side effects may be more pronounced than what is normally experienced.

  • Depression or irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Trouble sleeping or insomnia
  • Abdominal pain including cramps
  • Memory loss
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Vision problems including involuntary movement of the eyeball
  • Rash, hives and/or itching
  • Headache
  • High or low blood pressure

Morphine Withdrawal Symptoms

Here are some withdrawal symptoms an individual may face from Morphine abuse:

  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • sweating
  • Feverish
  • Irritability
  • Headaches, disorientation

Morphine Abuse Statistics

In a recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health study, it was recorded that about 12 million Americans aged 12 or older have abused prescription pain relievers, including morphine, representing an estimated 5% of the whole United States population. The Drug Abuse Warning Network recorded an estimated 324,000 emergency room visits where prescription painkillers, including morphine, were responsible. Other crucial statistics on morphine addiction are:

  • Over half of accidental drug deaths in the United States are caused by Heroin and Morphine

  • Approximately 2.5 million Americans have abused prescription pain killers to “get high”

  • The average age of an abuser is 21 years old

References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

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