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The prescription drug Morphine is a potent narcotic opioid pain reliever commonly prescribed to relieve moderate to severe discomfort. Morphine is most frequently used to treat post-operative and cancer pain.
Morphine can be taken orally as a tablet, capsule or a solution/syrup with dosages ranging from 15 to 100 mgs. This extremely addictive prescription drug may be smoked or injected intravenously for more intense pain relief.
Opiates like Morphine, work by attaching to opioid receptors, which are proteins in the gastrointestinal tract, brain and spinal cord. When Morphine enters the central nervous system and binds to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, then a person experiences an immediate relief of discomfort. This happens by Morphine attaching to these receptors, and thus blocking out the body’s natural response to pain.
Due to Morphine’s highly addictive nature it is classified as a schedule II drug, which means it is more tightly regulated than most prescription medications.Although Morphine is one of the most effective treatments for moderate to severe pain, this prescription drug should be taken with caution. Many people abusing Morphine suffer from the delusion that as long as they’re taking it for pain, then they will not become addicted. The reaility is, a Morphine addiction is just as serious as an illegal substance addiction.
Using Morphine for a long period of time, leads to physical and psychological dependence. Tolerance develops rather quickly with those using Morphine.
Due to the effect Morphine has on the brain’s reward center, addicts are constantly chasing that effect. They search for that brief moment where everything is sublime. Unfortunately, that moment is usually followed by overdose. Morphine overdose happens when one takes more of the drug than their body can physically handle.