Is Morphine Addictive?
Morphine addiction and overdoses are on the rise in the United States according to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morphine and other semi-synthetic opioids account for more overdose deaths than any other opioid.
Is Morphine an Opioid or an Opiate?
Yes, it is both.
Morphine is a potent opioid pain medication used to reduce severe pain that cannot be controlled with less potent pain relievers like NSAIDs or other opioids. This drug is usually given in a hospital setting where patients are closely monitored due to its potential for side effects and/or toxicity if not taken as prescribed. Many people who are prescribed morphine suffer from chronic and severe pain conditions.
Morphine can be a dangerous narcotic. When taken at larger doses, morphine causes fast physical dependence and addiction, as well as potential for life threatening side effects and overdoses. Morphine and extended-release morphine is the generic for this drug. On-brand names include Avinza, Kadian, and MS Contin.