Morphine is the hallmark drug of the opioid class. It is one of the most powerful derivatives of the opiate poppy plant, and has been in use as a painkiller for thousands of years.

Morphine use results in a euphoric high that simultaneously reduces tension. Everything, including one’s breathing, slows down while experiencing morphine.

The problem with using morphine recreationally is its high lasts for a short time, making another injection (or pill – morphine is found in pill form) necessary to maintain that high.



Within a small window of time, a morphine user will build up tolerance to the drug. Morphine tolerance requires increasingly larger amounts of the drug to match the intense highs a user initially experienced.

This is where addiction and eventual dependence will set in for a morphine user. One will intensely crave the drug, and explore any avenue possible to get their hands on a morphine fix to satisfy their habit.

Eventually, the amount of morphine that it takes to get this user high will be too much for the user’s body to process. Once this occurs, along with a number of other symptoms and side effects, the morphine user’s breathing can shallow to the point that their heart stops, leading to overdose, coma and potential death.



Morphine addiction and dependency can no doubt be life threatening. Given that, it’s best to arrange and/or provide treatment to a morphine addict as soon as symptoms of morphine use present themselves.

Those symptoms are:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Itchy skin
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Difficulty breathing (or inability to breathe)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Weak pulse
  • Poor circulation
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cyanosis, or blue tint to lips and fingernails
  • Coma and death in overdose situations

If you see any of these symptoms in a loved one or friend, immediately get in touch with an addiction center, or if possible, a doctor familiar with the abuser, who can quickly analyze the problem and from there, decide on a solution.



Abuse, as a word, has a certain fluidity. In the drug culture, abuse comes under the definition of taking too little medication as well as taking too much medication.

In most cases, abuse arrives from taking too much of a prescribed medication.

The issue with morphine abuse is that it can happen to anyone within any amount of time. That is to say if a person has a legitimate prescription for morphine, and takes the pills according to their doctor’s instructions, they can still become addicted to the medication.

Morphine abuse can also occur to the most unlikely of persons – from responsible adults, to young adults who are healthy and in school, to seniors who are battling severe bodily pains from disease or plain old age.

And even with the moratorium medical doctors have agreed to in not prescribing opioid painkillers for elongated periods of time, morphine abuse and addiction still remain a large part of the opioid epidemic.

Vigilance is key with morphine abuse. If someone in your life is experiencing morphine abuse, discuss the situation with them. Make a conscious note of their behavior, and if you can, their morphine use.

The last instance anyone could want is for a loved one or friend to become dependent on morphine. As they leave morphine once their prescription runs out, their fall will become particularly tragic as they take their addiction to the street where another opioid addiction awaits, this time with heroin.


If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with morphine, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.

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