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 morphine withdrawal symptoms are:
- Muscle aches
- Shivering and goosebumps
- Mood swings
One of the main side effects of morphine is respiratory depression. Morphine overdose causes severe respiratory depression, which can lead to death by asphyxiation.
The high potential for people to become addicted to and dependent on 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.
After detox, patients are encouraged to participate in other therapies that address various underlying issues that may have led them to abuse drugs. Drug treatment centers offer different options for inpatient and outpatient treatment and cater to a large number of different demographics. With proper treatment and a strong support structure, people who struggle with morphine and opioid addiction can walk the path to recovery.
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