Morphine Abuse Symptoms
It was highly
touted as a miracle drug by battlefield surgeons during the Civil War.
The trouble was, after the war, morphine
created thousands of addicts. Morphine is a powerful opioid used for pain
control and acts on the central nervous system.
First developed in the early 1800’s by German scientists, it
was first thought to be non-addictive and doctors in the United States praised its
effectiveness during the Civil War as they treated battlefield injuries.
However, as the war waged on and eventually ended, thousands
were left addicted.
Morphine is still
used today, is still effective, but doctors who prescribe the drug are all too
mindful of the fact that morphine is highly addictive.
Addiction is common
symptoms would be very much like those of other opioid drugs, such as heroin,
which was actually developed from morphine and thought to be non-addictive at
the time. While highly effective,
morphine and other opioid medicines are ripe for abuse, because they not only
numb pain, but can produce a euphoric high, a rather pleasurable side-effect of
the drug’s action in the brain.
Abuse is simply
using morphine for something other than its intended purpose, or using morphine
in a way not prescribed by your doctor.
Sometimes the line between needing the drug to function and wanting the
drug because you enjoy it is rather slim.
Once used to treat
Believe it or not,
morphine, which comes from opium, was once used to treat opium addiction. But its primary purpose is to relieve pain,
and because it produces a euphoric feeling in the patient, it can also be used
to calm fearful people and relieve anxiety.
The potential for abuse is apparent, but the morphine abuse symptoms are
not necessarily apparent.
Moreover, it is easy to overlook the signs of morphine
abuse, attributing them to the flu or some other ailment.
For example, if you’re coming down with a
severe cold or flu, you might have sweating from a fever, chills, fatigue, but
these are also signs of morphine abuse.
If you have problems with your digestive system, like abdominal pain,
diarrhea, or constipation, those can also be morphine abuse symptoms. If a person has blurred vision, that could be
from high blood sugar, or double vision as the result of a blow to the head. A
stroke can produce slurred speech, but so can morphine abuse.
Think about the
symptoms of time
symptoms can be masked, so to get the real picture you have to look at the
entire situation over time to see if someone is getting into trouble and
perhaps in jeopardy of developing addiction.
indicator is a person using too much morphine or using it too often. Their prescription runs out and they want
more. They will think of creative ways
to get a new prescription filled, like doctor shopping to find an MD willing to
write the script. You will notice
changes in their behavior over time.
Always out of money
They may lose interest in their routine daily activities, or
start seeing new friends, usually those who also use morphine.
They might run out of money as they continue
down the path of abuse towards addiction, so they hit up their friends and
family. They might feel a sense of shame
in their actions, so they’re lie about their activities and try to hide the
abuse from others.
They will often miss
They may miss work due to frequent illness, or they might
lose their job for poor performance.
they are students, the sure sign of morphine abuse may be in slipping grades
and a loss of interest in sports and other extracurricular activities.
They will use more
As the disease
progresses and abuse turns into addiction, they will probably need to use more
of the drug and use it more often. If
they don’t have it, they might display mood swings and be easily irritated,
depressed or anxious. When they are on
the drug, they might have an unusually high feeling of well-being, a kind of
“top of the world” outlook on their situation.
Their reasoning might become altered and strange thoughts
might fill their head, which can lead to violent action as the result of being
Even if morphine
is not being abused, patients can still build up a tolerance to the medication
and/or develop an addiction. Prolonged
use, even for legitimate purposes, can lead to addiction. Most times, addiction begins with abuse, as
patients will alter the dosage and frequency.
Patients may also take morphine in conjunction with other drugs, such as
alcohol, which is a very bad idea.
Withdrawal will start
the minute they don’t use
Those who abuse
morphine or are addicted will likely suffer withdrawal symptoms when they stop
using. This is another symptom of abuse. Withdrawal can be very unpleasant, but
not necessarily life threatening.
Treatment centers offer medical detoxification, under the direction of a
physician. This process will rid the
body of the chemical and reduce the physical discomfort.
As with any drug
abuse or addiction, early detection and action is always a good thing. People sometimes do not know they are getting
into trouble and caring and observant friends are sometimes life savers.Treatment is possible regardless of the seriousness of the Morphine abuse symptoms.
Getting abusers and addicts into treatment is
the answer for avoiding years of misery and hardship.