Morphine Use in Different Cultures

Morphine is an alkaloid derived from the unripe seedpods of opium poppy, and the World Health Organization has called it the “gold standard” for treating severe and agonizing pain, particularly in cancer patients. Morphine is one of the first opiate-based medicines, and modern opioids now include drugs such as the following: Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco) Hydromorphone (Palladone, Dilaudid) Heroin Morphine treats pain by acting directly on the central nervous...

History of Morphine

Morphine is a highly potent opiate (narcotic) analgesic that is used to treat moderate to moderately severe chronic pain. Morphine is said to be the most powerful pain reliever medicine has to offer today and sets the standard by which all other opiate potency is tested. The potential for morphine addiction is very high, both physically and psychologically. History of Morphine (Opium Poppy) Morphine was discovered by Freidrich Wilhelm Adam Serturner (1783-1841), an obscure, uneducated,...