Many people mistakenly believe that narcotic abuse is limited to inner city neighborhoods and urban environments. The truth, however, is that rural areas are home to massive levels of opiate, alcohol, marijuana, and amphetamine abuse. Morphine, one of the most powerful narcotic painkillers in the world, has been ensnaring rural populations in patterns of abuse and addiction for well over 150 years. While other drugs ravaged the streets of urban areas, morphine was used to treat everything from the flu to appendicitis in small town America. Poor rural hospitals were often not able to afford the latest medical equipment but could easily afford this relatively cheap painkiller distilled from opium.
While opium had been available for centuries, the chemical and technological advantage offered by opium derivatives such as morphine and heroin first came into the American story around the time of the Civil War in the mid-1800s. While the drug was first developed in 1804, it was the advent of the hypodermic needle that really caused the use, and abuse, of the drug to spread by 1859. Morphine-based elixirs were available to treat anything from headaches and nausea to minor surgery and battlefield injuries. By 1900 as many as 5% – 10% of Americans had become accidentally addicted to morphine.
Today morphine is the most commonly chosen opiate by rural addicts who cannot get heroin. There are many different opiate types on the streets today; including a variety of prescription pain pills, but morphine remains the drug-of-choice for rural addicts. Morphine addiction captures a wide range of people, including the following:
Anyone who experiences severe pain following surgery or an injury may be prescribed morphine either during or after surgery. While most people who have no personal or family history of addiction, and who diligently follow their doctor’s instructions, will not become addicted to morphine, it is certainly possible that they will. Some people have a biological or genetic predisposition toward addiction that will place them at a much higher risk of getting hooked.
If you have become addicted to morphine you are actually suffering from both physical and emotional symptoms. Lasting recovery requires the comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the disease in a safe and carefully managed environment. Specialized treatment programs help addicts develop new ways of coping with anxiety, depression, boredom, and even persistent physical pain. Medically supervised detox helps an addict get the drug out of their system in a safe way.
Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline any time for personalized care and attention. Our counselors are always ready to answer your questions and to connect you with the best recovery program for your specific needs. We can even help with insurance confirmation and logistical support. If left untreated morphine addiction can lead to permanent brain damage, organ failure, overdose, coma, and death. We can help you get free of this terrible disease. Call today.