What is Morphine?
Morphine is an opiate drug derived from the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. Morphine is a naturally occurring chemical found in many plants and animals. It works by binding to the opioid receptors in the brain, affecting the nervous system. It has been used in medicine since the 19th century and is effective in treating moderate or severe pain relief. Morphine and other opiates and opioid drugs are also commonly abused and have a high potential for addiction and dependence.
Common symptoms are:
● Mood swings
The high potential for people to become addicted to and dependent upon morphine and other opioid drugs, paired with the large amounts that doctors have been prescribing for years, has led to an opioid epidemic in the United States. In 2014, overdoses from opioid drugs claimed the lives of over 24,000 Americans. One of the main side effects of morphine is respiratory depression. Morphine overdose causes severe respiratory depression, which can lead to death by asphyxiation.
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