What are they?
Morphine is a non-synthetic narcotic with a high potential for abuse and is derived from opium. It is used for the treatment of pain.
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How are they abused?
Traditionally, morphine was almost exclusively used by injection,but the variety of pharmaceutical forms that it is marketed as today support its use by oral and other routes of administration. Forms include: Oral Solutions, immediate-release and extended-release tablet and capsules, and injectable preparations. Those dependent on morphine prefer injection because the drug enters the bloodstream more quickly.
What is their effect on the body?
Morphine use results in relief from physical pain, decrease in hunger, and inhibition of the cough reflex. Morphine’s effects include euphoria and relief of pain. Chronic use of morphine results in tolerance, and physical and psychological dependence.
What are its overdose effects?
Cold and clammy skin, lowered blood pressure, sleepiness, slowed breathing, slow pulse rate, coma, and possible death .