Used to treat severe pain, morphine is a prescription drug derived from the same plants as heroin. Because the drug is a narcotic, many people use it recreationally, a practice that can easily cause an addiction. According to the International Narcotics Control Board report for 2012, cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants remain the most commonly abused drugs in Australia, but abuse of opiates like morphine remains a sizable problem.
The Australian Institute of Criminology’s “Drug use monitoring in Australia: 2009–10 report on drug use among police detainees” features the following data on adult drug use:
The United Nation’s World Drug Report from 2012 provides the following data related to opiates:
While Australians abuse other drugs, morphine abuse is considerably dangerous and can lead to many health problems.
In a 2006 report, the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) looked at drug injection trends and found the following data:
NDARC studies on IDUs from 2010 and 2011 produced the following recent data:
Morphine use may be in decline in Australia, but its current abuse rates still show alarming problems.
Morphine abuse can lead to addiction and dependence and produce side effects like nausea, shakes, tremors, heart attack, stroke, seizures, convulsions and overdose. Regardless of the opiate someone abuses, professional rehab helps break an addiction with any of the following treatment methods:
Rehab centers exist around the world, including first-rate treatment facilities in Australia and the US.
Call our toll-free helpline to discuss the many options for morphine treatment, including overseas care. If you have health insurance, our counselors can also check your policy for rehab benefits. Our addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline, so please call now for instant support.