- Reduces the reflexes responsible for coughing
- Decreased appetite
- Irregular menstrual cycles in women
- Lowered libido
- Impaired motor coordination
It is clear that morphine has the potential to stimulate an addiction. An addiction to morphine is derived from psychological obsessions about the drug in conjunction with a physical craving. Addiction is identified as the compulsive need to seek out and use morphine despite an onset of negative outcomes. For example, a person who uses morphine recreationally a handful of times is not an addict if this person does not continue to expend effort in seeking it out after the first use.
On the other hand, consider a teenager who is administered a morphine drip in the hospital after an accident. Upon returning home, the teen begins, and goes to any lengths to get a high from morphine. An addiction is involved. Red flags of morphine addiction include:
- Developing a tolerance- requiring larger doses of morphine to experience the same effects.
- Spends money strictly on morphine- to the extent that he begins selling his possessions for cash.
- Lying and manipulating friends in order to cover up morphine abuse.
- Continuing use after receiving consequences, seeing things fall by the way side.
- Drug abuse causes his family ties to suffer.
- Extracurricular activities become nonexistent.
- Compulsively abusing morphine.
- An inability to stop even after becoming aware that repeated patterns of morphine abuse is detrimental to health.
- After a period of time, he logically desires to stop using morphine, but finds himself helplessly engaged in the same behaviors to seek out the drug.