- Drug: a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.
- Morphine is a narcotic, it can treat moderate to severe pain
- Schedule 2. The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
- Street slang : Purple pills, good fella, School boy
- Morphine is a synthetic drug
Morphine looks like a purple or sometimes blue pill
- This drug is used by swallowing, or injecting into your vein.
- This medication is used to treat severe pain. Morphine belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid (narcotic) analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.
- Morphine was first extracted from opium in a pure form in the early nineteenth century. It was used widely as a painkiller during the American Civil War, and many soldiers became addicted
Morphine is an addictive drug. is a strong opiate and is highly addictive. Whether morphine is used according to a doctor’s recommendations or it’s being abused, it can also become very quickly addictive.One’s body quickly becomes habituated to the presence of opiates. According to the National Pain Foundation, the average body becomes accustomed to the presence of opiates within two weeks of use. At that point, the craving effects created by the drug may drive a person back to use more morphine. Like other opiates, morphine causes slow breathing, lowered heart rate, dopiness, constipation, euphoria and itchiness. Too much morphine can result in unconsciousness, cardiac arrest, suffocation due to lack of breathing and coma, even death. When opiates like morphine are withdrawn, the effects of this withdrawal include not only dope sickness but also strong cravings for more of the drug. These cravings can overrides one’s ability to make rational decisions. The person may have acquired more drugs before they even know what happened. If a person uses too much morphine, the dangerous effects of an overdose include cold, clammy skin, low blood pressure, slow pulse rate and even coma and death.
Short term affects on the body of morphine use
- Slowed breathing
Long term affects on the body of morphine use
Continued use or abuse of opioids can result in physical dependence and addiction. The body adapts to the presence of the drug and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced or stopped. These include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes with goose bumps (“cold turkey”). Tolerance can also occur, meaning that long-term users must increase their doses to achieve the same high.
The primary function of the brainstem is to keep bodily functions, such as sleep and breathing, regulating normally. If such habits are disrupted, it can have devastating affects of the functioning of the entire body. Specifically, when morphine disrupts bodily functions, it can lead to coma. Even worse, it can lead to a more severe case. Since the brainstem specifically regulates breathing, an overdose of morphine could cease breathing and death would be the result. Another brain structure that is affected by morphine is the cerebellum. When the cerebellum is affected by a morphine administration, stumbling and random motion of eyes can occur. This happens because the cerebellum controls such things as balance, vision, and muscle activity coordination. Morphine has crucial affects on the midbrain. Instinct, sex drive, food drive, and emotions are the survival functions that the cerebellum controls. The midbrain includes such structures as the limbic system, the thalamus, the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, and the nucleus accumbens. Each of these brain structures inside the midbrain control behaviors that include emotions, pain and temperature regulation, hormones, memory, and reward, respectively.
Other information that I would include about morphine, and the use of it, is that, Abuse/Misuse/Addiction – As with other opiates, morphine use comes with the risk of dependence. Patients receiving morphine, even in healthy prescribed doses, can become physically dependent on the drug, which is dangerous because if your body needs the drug you can not only be affected by the awful symptoms, but fall into coma, or over dose and die. Also, morphine can cause mood swings. With this strong drug interacting with our system, our emotions are often erratically affected. This is dangerous toward the people around us, children, family, friends, and the influence it puts out to kids. Morphine can cause poor performance, mentally and physically, the combination of all the other side effects can diminish our mental, physical and sexual functioning, like depression, and sexual reproductive system functions.
Story of someone who was on morphine.
“Kris” was participating in a long-term residential rehab program, and was three months into a six-month scheduled stay. She had sustained an injury to her right knee, which required a surgical intervention.The surgery, which was supposed to fix the problem, only made her life worse, as her mobility and the accompanying pain made routine movement a painful experience. She needed more and more of the prescription pain medication in order to manage her pain, and soon her life began to spiral out of control. Soon, Kris was visiting several doctors to get pain medication prescriptions. While insurance would normally pay for a reasonable amount of the needed medicine, Kris had to come up with cleaver schemes to pay for hers. She began to steal things from her own house, and even slid to the point where she robbed her own children. She had been to some treatment for her knee, but the drug addiction had crept up behind her. She didn’t see it coming. Although she knew what she was doing was wrong, it didn’t matter, because she would rationalize everything. Soon there was no reason to any of her actions, other than she needed the drugs to feel normal. Her marriage was beginning to suffer, but even that didn’t stop her. These are common occurrences in addiction, nothing matters but the drug. She tried to STOP many times! Kris said there was some attempt to curb her need for the prescription meds, but the treatment was ineffective no long-term management skills were learned. By the time she left town to check into long-term rehab, the husband was filing for divorce and telling their two children that “mommy didn’t love us anymore.” What might have made matters worse is the fact that the husband was a law enforcement officer, and certainly having a drug addict for a wife would not do his career any good. Still he tried to be supportive, but by this time the fabric of their marriage had been ripped apart. 12-Steps helped KrisWhile working the 12 Step program, Kris rediscovered her spiritual side and began an intense study of her faith. She had been raised a Lutheran, but other than attending church at Christmas and Easter, there was no commitment by either Kris or her husband. She attended a Tuesday night Bible study at the treatment facility. The sessions were open forum and presided over by a local non0denominational pastor. The pastor had no set agenda, but tried to get to know each person and find out what was going on in their life. It was in those studies that Kris began to see herself in the real light of day, and saw the destruction of her marriage and family relationships. She began to understand the power of other stories she heard about. The 12 Step process calls for the addict to turn their will over to God, as they understand Him. During the next month an amazing transformation took place in Kris’s life, as Kris was no longer a victim of drug addiction, but took responsibility for her actions and started to really work the program with a new seriousness and energy. She began to bring others to the Bible studies and organized a weekly communion service for the residents. Kris's pain continued Her knee pain persisted and one day the treatment staff decided to take her over to a local physician for examination. After his exam he quickly said he could help her and wrote a prescription. “Oh no,” she said. “I’m an addict and I can’t have prescription pain medication. Is there something else you can offer me?” The honesty must have thrown him off course. He paused for a few moments then what came out of his mouth astonished her. “I have a 16 year-old son who has been smoking marijuana. I fear that he will try something else. Do you think you could talk to him for me?” At that moment, a role reversal took place, as a helpless addict who wanted relief from pain, was suddenly an expert on drug addiction and someone who could help this doctor with his son. You can’t script this. Kris agreed to talk to the boy. The next few weeks saw more positive change. Kris was more herself, more confident and managing her daily affairs well. The encounter with the doctor had put everything into perspective for her, as she realized that her experiences, no matter how destructive and painful, could be used to help somebody else. That doctor put his son’s life in her hands. About a month after the doctor visit, Kris was released and went into another treatment facility closer to her home. When she left she had no idea what would happen to her marriage, if she would be allowed to see her kids, or if there was any shred of a normal life waiting for her, but through her experiences, she discovered herself. Addiction is never over but Kris’s experience should be a lesson learned for others.
Negative view points on drugs: Drug abuse is a public health problem, this means that it not only affects an individual, or his/her family, but society at large. Teens using drugs has been shown these days in society to influence society to try it atleast once, which leads to doing it several more times, and eventually turns into addiction. This is a problem because teens at a very young age, and others are being affected mentally and academically, and have changes in behavior which is a danger to our society. Communities are affected by individual actions, because teens every day are being peer pressured into doing drugs, and this is what causes an impact on our future, society, it causes street violence, danger to children and others, and problems with health in our world. Society can respond to drug abuse by standing up, speaking up, and showing the straight facts about drugs and what it is doing to the world, and how it affects your body and kills people every single day, informing children at a young age the negative long term affects on doing drugs and how it will ruin their future if they begin to use them. Speaking up and showing the straight facts about drugs and what it is doing to the world, and how it affects your body and kills people every single day, informing children at a young age the negative long term affects on doing drugs and how it will ruin their future if they begin to use them. Speaking up and making certain laws about certain "medical drugs" should make an impact on society, and showing people what drugs really do, maybe then society will change and there will be no drug abuse.