Morphine is an old drug. It was first realized near the dawn of the 19th Century. Since then, it has been used as a painkiller in events within hospitals and on battle fields.

Morphine is also used illicitly for recreational purposes among some drug users. It is at this point that morphine can become a highly addictive drug, which can cause intense physical dependence that leads to continued abuse of the substance.

The drug is obtained from the seedpod extract or opium found in the poppy plant, papaver somniferum.

Morphine is widely used in clinical pain management, especially for terminal cancer pain and post-surgery pain. In the body, morphine has several effects including reduction of pain, loss of hunger, and cough suppression.

Some of the clinical uses of morphine include:

  • Pain relief after surgery
  • Pain relief after major trauma or injury except head injuries
  • Pain relief in advanced cancers with terminal cancer pain

Of course, morphine’s use as an illicit drug is widely known. And due to its euphoric effects when used by drug abusers, possession of morphine has been ruled as illegal.

In the United States, morphine is designated as a Schedule II drug, which means it is a controlled substance.

On the street, morphine is known by the following slang names:

  • TNT
  • Tango and Cash
  • Dance Fever
  • Murder 8
  • Gorilla



Morphine is a powerful short-acting painkiller used for long-term pain such as post-surgery discomfort, types of chronic pain, and pain due to cancer or chemotherapy. Morphine should not be used for short-term pain after surgery unless a patient takes morphine before the surgery.

Because morphine induces a euphoric feeling while simultaneously slowing one’s heart rate, the drug should not be mixed with other drugs which can cause much more severe symptoms. For example, mixing morphine with alcohol could slow the heart down to the point where it stops beating.

Understandably, the euphoria as well as the sensation of relaxation and sleepiness are hallmark effects morphine users enjoy about the drug. Should you know of a friend or loved one with an addiction to morphine, or if you yourself have fallen victim to the painkiller, alert your doctor or a qualified rehabilitation center as soon as possible.

Don’t let morphine addiction lead to morphine dependency. At that point, the habit will only be that much tougher to kick.


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