WHAT IS MORPHINE?
Morphine is a non-synthetic narcotic with a high potential
for abuse and is derived from opium. It is used for the
treatment of pain.
WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN?
In the United States, a small percentage of the morphine
obtained from opium is used directly for pharmaceutical
products. The remaining morphine is processed into
codeine and other derivatives.
What are common street names?
Common street names include:
Dreamer, Emsel, First Line, God’s Drug, Hows, M.S., Mister
Blue, Morf, Morpho, and Unkie
What does it look like?
Morphine is marketed under generic and brand name products,
MS-Contin, Oramorph SR, MSIR, Roxanol, Kadian, and RMS
How is it abused?
Traditionally, morphine was almost exclusively used by injection,
but the variety of pharmaceutical forms that it is marketed as
today support its use by oral and other routes of administration.
Oral solutions, immediate-and extended-release tablets and
capsules, and injectable preparations
Those dependent on morphine prefer injection because the drug
enters the bloodstream more quickly.
What is its effect on the mind?
Morphine’s effects include euphoria and relief of pain. Chronic
use of morphine results in tolerance and physical and psychological
What is its effect on the body?
Morphine use results in relief from physical pain, decrease in
hunger, and inhibition of the cough reflex.
What are its overdose effects?
Overdose effects include:
Cold and clammy skin, lowered blood pressure, sleepiness,
slowed breathing, slow pulse rate, coma, and possible death
Which drugs cause similar effects?
Drugs causing similar effects as morphine include:
Opium, codeine, heroin, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl,
What is its legal status in the United States?
Morphine is a Schedule II narcotic under the Controlled
SOURCE: A DEA Resource Guide 2017 Edition