Morphine is an opioid medication used to treat moderate to severe pain as it acts directly on the central nervous system. It derives from the opium poppy plant and is known for its tendency to cause sleepiness or a drug-induced state. While it is beneficial for relieving shortness of breath, labor pains, and to treat acute pulmonary edema, its long-term use can lead to impairment of human performance – sensory, motor and attentional. Morphine and other opiods react with nerve centers in the body and the brain leading to pain relief and a sense of euphoria. However, regular use – even when prescribed by a doctor – can lead to dependence, addiction, overdose and death.
Other know opioid: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.
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