Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Morphine

Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Morphine

Morphine is a powerful painkiller that is directly related to heroin and opium. Millions of people have become addicted to morphine since its introduction over two centuries ago. Although it should only be available for use in hospitals, and should only be administered under close medical supervision, illicit supplies of morphine are regularly diverted from legitimate sources for the underground drug trade. It is sold under hundreds of different brand names and is closely related to a wide range of narcotic painkillers such as hydrocodone and codeine.

Morphine is most commonly used intravenously. When first taken it gives users a euphoric high as it blocks symptoms of both physical and psychological pain. Addicts develop a tolerance to the drug very quickly, which means they will need larger and more frequent doses in order to achieve the desired effects. Most addicts find that no matter how much of the drug they use they will never experience the intense high that accompanied their first use of it. This causes many to combine morphine with other drugs, and to experiment with more intense opiates such as heroin. Many overdose in search of an adequate high.

Four Morphine Abuse Disguises

Friends and loved ones of a morphine addict are often surprised to learn that he or she is addicted. Opiate addicts instinctively learn to hide their use of the drug, sometimes in the following ways:

  1. Moderating Doses: While morphine addicts frequently use enough of the drug to visibly intoxicate themselves (evidenced by lethargy, excessive sleep, incoherence, and delayed motor responses), many learn to use just enough of the drug to fend off withdrawal symptoms while still allowing them to appear unaffected at work, school or home. Some refer to these individuals as “functional addicts” because they manage their dependence very effectively for a long period of time.
  1. Hiding Injection Sites: While the easiest place to inject morphine is the arm, experienced addicts learn to find more hidden injection sites where the track marks caused by hypodermic needles won’t be seen. Some of these places include between the toes, the waist, and even the groin area.
  2. Disguising Morphine as Other Substances: Although the most intense way to use morphine is through injection into a vein, it can also be eaten or smoked. One common tactic for avoiding detection is to disguise morphine as a different kind of substance, such as a cough syrup or an allergy shot. Some addicts even drink it as a tea or smoke it in a pipe – though the unique smell of the drug often makes smoking less effective as a hide.
  3. Personal Isolation: One of the most common tactics for avoiding detection as a morphine addict is for an individual to gradually remove himself from the presence of non-users. Through personal isolation these addicts are free to engage in their addictive behavior without detection or interference by loved ones.

Regardless of how or how well a morphine addict hides his use, the devastating effects of opiate addiction cannot to disguised forever.

Effectively Treating Morphine Addiction

The key to effectively ending morphine addiction is to find high quality, comprehensive, physical and psychological treatment. These programs combine personal and group counseling with education and medically supervised detox followed by strong aftercare programs. Quitting morphine is incredibly difficult, but without comprehensive rehabilitation relapse is all but inevitable.

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