Preventing Morphine Overdose

One of the oldest forms of opium that is still used today, morphine is distinct from other opioid analgesics because it is a natural opiate byproduct. Morphine is the benchmark by which all other opiates are compared and tested, giving credence to its effectiveness and historical usage. Morphine can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. While it is primarily prescribed to treat chronic or acute pain, the substance can also treat myocardial infarctions and pulmonary edema.

When morphine enters the body, it mimics naturally occurring endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for feelings of sleepiness and feeling of pleasure. They can also be responsible for naturally reducing pain sensations. In nature, they are naturally released in response to excitement, pain or strenuous exercise. Morphine is primarily effective because it can not only produce feelings of pleasure, excitement and well-being, but it can do so at a rapid rate.

How to Use Morphine

The unfortunate scenario surrounding the use of many opiates is that their high levels of effectiveness must always be weighed against their potential to cause tolerance, dependency and addiction. Because morphine is extremely effective, its use also carries an enormous potential for misuse and addiction. If you are using morphine as the fulfillment of a legitimate prescription or for any recreational purposes, there are a few things you may want to consider.

What Happens during Morphine Overdose?

The minimum level of morphine required to produce a lethal result is about 200 mg. However, for those who are extremely sensitive to the substance, the amount of morphine that is lethal drops to around 60 mg. To provide context for these numbers, the average individual with a fully fledged morphine addiction can tolerate about two to three grams of the substance per day. An overdose that does not result in death can produces any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Renal failure
  • Acute respiratory depression
  • Chemical toxicity

Additionally, morphine may cause permanent damage to vital organs when taken for long periods of time in chronic dosages. No matter how you use morphine, the best measure of overdose prevention is to seek out the assistance and care of qualified medical professionals. Many individuals put themselves at a significant risk for overdose by convincing themselves that they can overcome their addiction at home or over time by gradually decreasing their dosage.

Morphine Addiction Help

If you have become addicted to morphine and need help navigating your choices with drug rehab, we can help. We are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to provide you with quality resources for rehab, and to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you, please call us today.