Morphine

Morphine is an extremely potent opiate analgesic psychoactive drug and is considered to be the prototypical opioid. In clinical medicine, morphine is regarded as the gold standard, or benchmark, of analgesics used to relieve severe or agonizing pain and suffering.
What is Morphine?

Morphine is the most abundant analgesic opiate found in opium and is a potent pain reliever. The drug is used in clinical pain relief but is also used illicitly for recreational purposes among drug users. It is potentially highly addictive and can cause intense physical dependence that leads to abuse of the substance.

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UC researchers identify populations most at risk of overdosing on opiates

UC researchers identify populations most at risk of overdosing on opiates

New step towards the development of non-addictive painkillers

New step towards the development of non-addictive painkillers

Opioid prescription for chronic non-cancer pain increased in the last two-and-a-half decades

Opioid prescription for chronic non-cancer pain increased in the last two-and-a-half decades

Heroin use increasing among American adults

Heroin use increasing among American adults

Re-engineered plant compound reduces morphine-seeking behaviors in mice

Re-engineered plant compound reduces morphine-seeking behaviors in mice

Roughly half of opioid prescriptions by dentists exceed pain-management guidelines

Roughly half of opioid prescriptions by dentists exceed pain-management guidelines

Opioid dependence produces permanent changes in the brains of rats

Opioid dependence produces permanent changes in the brains of rats

Majority of people knowingly use fentanyl, UBC research shows

Majority of people knowingly use fentanyl, UBC research shows

Patients want a ‘good death’ at home, but hospice care can badly strain families

Patients want a ‘good death’ at home, but hospice care can badly strain families

Controlled-release opioids may lead to endocarditis in injection drug users

Controlled-release opioids may lead to endocarditis in injection drug users

Most youths do not get timely addiction treatment after opioid overdose

Most youths do not get timely addiction treatment after opioid overdose

Family doctors in rural America tackle crisis of addiction and pain

Family doctors in rural America tackle crisis of addiction and pain

FDA’s risk-management program to curb improper opioid prescribing may not have been effective

FDA’s risk-management program to curb improper opioid prescribing may not have been effective

Using CRISPR to switch off pain gene becomes a possibility with new study

Using CRISPR to switch off pain gene becomes a possibility with new study

New spatiomolecular map may advance understanding of the brain's decision-making area

New spatiomolecular map may advance understanding of the brain's decision-making area

Promising greater safety, a tiny widget creates chaos for tube feeders

Promising greater safety, a tiny widget creates chaos for tube feeders

Insights from virtual reality experiments could help break the cycle of addiction

Insights from virtual reality experiments could help break the cycle of addiction

Risk of opioid overdose rises after de-addiction treatment completion

Risk of opioid overdose rises after de-addiction treatment completion

Researchers uncover the binding mechanism of opioid receptor

Researchers uncover the binding mechanism of opioid receptor

Opioid dose tapering rates as much as six times higher than recommended

Opioid dose tapering rates as much as six times higher than recommended