Morphine, the most abundant opiate in opium poppy, is a potent pain medication used by doctors, but its narcotic compounds also make it a commonly abused drug. When addiction or dependence develops, users experience several potential side effects, including the following:
Illicit drug use is more common in men than women, though the variance in gender-related use is much narrower for prescription drugs. Nevertheless, research shows that morphine affects men in unique ways, and it can influence substance abuse problems.
Considerable gender differences exist when it comes to the use of morphine and other opioids. For starters, a difference in effect was found in several studies, including the following:
While these studies show differences in morphine-related effects, others note the gender differences in use, including the following:
There are also common gender differences in the impact of drug abuse. A 1999 Psychiatric Clinics of North America article reports that drug abuse among men is more commonly associated with diminished career paths, criminal consequences and antisocial personality disorders.
A 2013 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addressed the 14,800 prescription painkiller deaths that occurred in the US in 2008. According to the study, for every one death, there were other painkiller-related events, including the following:
The report added that, for 2010, the number of first-time recreational users was nearly 5,500 each day. Accordingly, prescription drugs are now the leading culprits in overdose deaths.
Do not let yourself become a statistic. Treatment centers can provide a variety of effective services, including the following:
Rehabilitation centers can also offer holistic and non-opioid treatments to address any ongoing pain issues.
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