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What An Addiction Morphine, a powerful narcotic – reliever of pain. Is this chemical doing more harm than good in the realm of medics? Morphine sulphate can come in many forms; white feathery and silky crystals, cubical masses of crystals and white crystalline powder. Although this chemical seems to come in many different configurations, they all have the same effect; riddance and numbing of pain. Morphine was originally called ‘morphium’ derived from the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus. Isolated by the German pharmacist Friedrich Wilhelm Adam Serturner in 1804, an epidemic began. The serious addiction to such a drug, which has now been recognised as being very similar to heroin, became drastically evident in the 1860s during and after the American Civil War. 400,000 soldiers were estimated to have left the war with what is now known as the ‘soldier’s disease’, an addiction to morphine. More than one thousand tonnes of morphine is used each year for medical purposes. These purposes include; chronic pain, advanced medical illness or for post-operative analgesia. Yes these are very valid and important reasons for morphine intake as it directly affects the central nervous system, alleviating pain. With this relief also comes the negative effects such as impaired mental and physical performance, prevents the cough reflex, causes constipation and reduces sex-drive. The level of someone’s subconscious awareness can also be highly affected by the over use of morphine. That’s not to say there aren’t other benefits like its ability to relieve anxiety and fear and produces euphoria. Yet the addictiveness of morphine has the same extremity of heroin. Morphine has been previously used as a cure for opium and alcohol, which proved to be a horrible mistake as it is highly addictive and your body can become dependant on it. It triggers chemicals in your brains

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