Addiction

Syringe program user survey shows 'stunning' fentanyl surge

Use of the illicitly produced opioid fentanyl has surged by a "stunning" extent in Washington, said the lead researcher involved in a survey of nearly 1,000 people who use syringe-service program sites across the state.

Diabetes

Researchers investigate how opioid use affects offspring in rats

New research from scientists at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University suggests opioid use before pregnancy—even if not used during pregnancy itself—could result in a higher likelihood that a mother's ...

Medical research

Morphine capsules for drivers with chronic breathlessness

People with chronic breathlessness enjoy getting back in the driver's seat when their symptoms are better controlled—with researchers finding that low-dose, extended release morphine capsules may help with this.

Medications

Opioid changes may lead to more overdoses in NZ

A change in the supply of pharmaceutical morphine could inadvertently lead to more overdoses by people who inject opioids such as morphine and heroin, a University of Auckland expert warns.

Medications

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the ...

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Morphine

Morphine (INN) (pronounced /ˈmɔrfiːn/) (MS Contin, MSIR, Avinza, Kadian, Oramorph, Roxanol) is a highly potent opiate analgesic psychoactive drug, is the principal active ingredient in Papaver somniferum (opium poppy, or simply opium), is considered to be the prototypical opioid. Like other opioids, e.g. oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Palladone), and diacetylmorphine (Heroin), morphine acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain. Morphine has a high potential for addiction; tolerance and both physical and psychological dependence develop rapidly.

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