Even though it’s not legally approved for recreational use in the United States, morphine is one of the most commonly abused drugs. Consistently used by hundreds of thousands of people on a regular basis for pain relief and its more euphoric qualities, it’s often done on the sly because the risks of illegal possession or even getting caught in the act are too great.
In an effort to keep illegal morphine use on the down-low from family, friends and employers, secretive measures were developed to keep the party going so to speak. One of the most popular methods is the use of street names to conceal morphine use or acquisition in public. It also helps someone not be overheard when engaging in a drug deal.
There are several street names for morphine, which include the following:
- White Lady – Since morphine tablets are white in color, they are referred to as White Lady. Utilizing this street name can help individuals talk about their use without turning heads.
- Salt and Sugar – Even though morphine generally comes in tablet form, it can be crushed down to a powdery substance that resembles a mixture of salt and sugar. Using salt and sugar in a casual conversation would never alert onlookers to what users are actually referring to.
- Miss Emma/M – Miss Emma and M are the most commonly used street names for morphine as these names can be easily interjected into conversation without the public being the wiser.
While White Lady, Salt and Sugar, Miss Emma and M are among the most popular street names for morphine, there are few lesser known street names including Morpho, Dreamer and God’s Drug. Some are a play on the name “Morphine,” while others are a nod to the feelings produced when using.
Recognizing Morphine Addiction
Despite the aforementioned efforts to disguise morphine abuse, there are several key markers in someone who is using morphine in excess.
- Slow heartbeat
- Trouble breathing (shallow breathing)
- Deceitful behavior
- Extreme changes in mood and behavior
- Sleep disturbances
Since drug abuse is often engaged in privately, it is important for family and friends of loved ones who are using drugs to pay attention to the many symptoms that can affect someone both physically and psychologically.
Seeking Treatment for Morphine Addiction
Treatment for morphine addiction can be far more intense and incredibly complicated because the body and mind becomes fully dependent on the drug. With that in mind, it’s best for detox to be done under the care of a doctor.
Since there are physical risks associated with removing morphine from someone’s regular routine, morphine addiction treatment not only includes medically assisted detox but also incorporates a myriad of therapeutic resources including behavioral therapy, holistic therapy and traditional psychotherapy. Each one of these therapies can address the behaviors displayed during someone’s struggle with morphine abuse while preparing them for a successful, long-term recovery.
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By Christa Banister, Contributing Writer