Thousands of drugs are available on the market today, and each has a different look, a different effect and different side effects. If you learn to identify prescription drugs and signs of prescription drug abuse, then you can protect not only yourself, but also your loved ones by determining if drug abuse is occurring. If you take action as soon as you see that drug abuse or addiction is present, then you may save a life.
Identifying drugs is difficult, because they come in varying doses, shapes, colors and sizes. Some morphine pills are labeled clearly with an M on one side and strength in milligrams on the other, but other pills come with confusing combinations of letters and numbers. Morphine pills may be white, or they may be blue, speckled, purple, red or orange. Most are circular, but some are oval. If you are unfamiliar with the many variations between morphine pills, then it is impossible to look at a pill and know if it contains this powerful opiate. If a pill is imprinted or labeled, then an Internet search can help you determine what it contains. If a pill is unlabeled, even scientists require a microscope and an aqueous test to determine what drugs are in it.
If you have not found labeled pills, but you suspect a loved one of abusing morphine, then observing that user may help you determine what substance is involved. Morphine is a central nervous system depressant, so it slows thoughts and motor functions. As a result of using this drug, people often appear drowsy or clumsy, or they slur their speech. Morphine users have trouble focusing, paying attention and remembering thing, and the drug slows breathing while it provides a temporary euphoric state. If a friend, family member or coworker abuses morphine, then she will express one or several of the aforementioned signs of use. If someone is an addict and goes long enough without the drug, then flu-like withdrawal symptoms may appear. All of these effects resemble those of other opioids, so, you may be unable to determine what substance is involved if you lack labeled pills or drug tests as evidence. However, physical, emotional and behavioral changes can let you know if drug abuse is a problem, and if action should be taken.
Although overcoming morphine addiction is difficult, it is nevertheless simple. If you suspect that a loved one is using morphine, then take immediate action. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about the signs of addiction, to receive a free addiction assessment and to gain access to some of the country’s best recovery resources. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day, so, if you are concerned about a loved one’s behavior or drug use, then call now for instant help.