Morphine Abuse Signs
The abuse of prescription drugs in America is steadily increasing and Morphine amongst those that are abused the most. It is believed that this because they are readily available, both legally and on the black market.
Morphine is a drug that is legally used to alleviate moderate and severe pain and most people cross the line between use and abuse in a very slow and gradual manner.
Morphine is an opiate which makes the levels of physical and psychological dependence high, especially when it is used for a long time. Furthermore Morphine also creates a tolerance in the body meaning that the dosage has to be increased in order for the original results to be achieved. The degree of tolerance usually depends on the dosage and the period of time that the drug has been abused for.
Morphine is normally administered via an intramuscular or intravenous injection; it can also be taken orally. Most abusers of the drug prefer the intramuscularly injections as a method of getting the drug into their bodies.
Any contravention of a morphine prescription is abuse, whether you ingest more than was prescribed or take it more often than was prescribed makes no difference, it is morphine abuse.
Most abusers, crush the drug, chew it, or snort it in order to experience euphoric feelings or a ‘high’. Statistics have revealed that most people who abuse Morphine, abuse other illicit drugs at the same time in order to enhance or supplement the effects with the euphoric effects that are usually produced by Morphine.
There are numerous signs of a Morphine abuse habit which include anxiety, dilated pupils, double vision, blurred vision, involuntary eyeball movement, mood swings, chills, cramps, depression, dizziness, constipation and irritability.
However, drug users become adept at hiding the symptoms and behaviors of abuse and it may be difficult to tell whether or not they are abusing for quite some time.
Other signs to look out for include drowsiness, rigid muscles, problems urinating, rashes, nausea, an increased sensitivity to light, dry mouth, sedation, loss of appetite, weakness, agitation, hallucination, memory loss, insomnia, fainting and low blood pressure.
As prescription instructions are not followed, abusers of Morphine are particularly prone to overdose and morphine overdose symptoms which include cold skin, clammy skin, low blood pressure, stupor, sleepiness, dilated pupils, flaccid muscles, fluid in lungs, slow pulse rate, yawning, excessive sweating, slowed breathing and even coma.
The withdrawal symptoms of Morphine are very similar.