DO You Know? | 2018-07-12 |


DO You Know?

    12 July, 2018 12:00 AM printer

•    Morphine was developed from opium in 1810 as a painkiller. It was considered a wonder drug, as it eliminated pain and gave the user feelings of euphoria that left him in a dream-like state. A German pharmacist named F.W.A. Serturner named the drug for the Greek god Morpheus.

•    Because morphine addiction was at epidemic levels in the mid-1800’s, German scientists worked to develop a new drug to combat the problem. Heroin, also an opium derivative, was thought to be an effective way to wean morphine addicts off of the drug. But the use of heroin to treat morphine addition simply created a new kind of addict.

•    Morphine is a painkiller used during medical procedures. Its effects include decreased pain, euphoria and relaxation.

•    The drug is habit-forming, and people can develop a dependence on it even if they take it as prescribed by a doctor.

•    Withdrawal symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, irritability, high blood pressure and muscle aches.

     •           Morphine abuse can lead to tolerance to the drug, which can cause users to take higher doses to achieve the same effects. This increases their chance of overdose.