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Traditionally, the purity of heroin in a bag ranged from 1 to 10 percent. More recently, heroin purity has ranged from about 10 to 70 percent. Black tar heroin is often sold in chunks weighing about an ounce. Its purity is generally less than South American heroin and it is most frequently smoked, or dissolved, diluted, and injected.
The pattern of higher rates of current alcohol use, binge alcohol use, and heavy alcohol use among full-time college students compared with rates for others aged 18 to 22 has remained consistent since 2002.
In 2008, an estimated 1.6 million adults aged 18 or older were on parole or other supervised release from prison at some time during the past year. Almost one fifth of these (18.3 percent) were current illicit drug users, which was higher than the rate of 7.8 percent among adults not on parole or supervised release.
In 2008, 37.7 percent of youths aged 12 to 17 with past year MDE received treatment for depression (i.e., saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional or used prescription medication).
 

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Signs of Morphine Addiction

The signs of morphine addiction include many physical and emotional changes in the user. Because morphine is highly addictive, the user builds a tolerance (the need for higher and higher doses to maintain the same effect) and physical and psychological dependence develops quickly. Morphine can be taken orally in tablet form, and it can also be injected subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or intravenously; the last is the route preferred by those who are addicted to morphine. Other signs of morphine addiction include the paraphernalia used to take the drug. Morphine users may have needles, tourniquets, morphine tablets, liquid morphine, or crushed up powder.

Morphine addiction develops very rapidly when an individual continues to abuse the drug. Morphine's addictive nature activates the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense, causing the individual to continually crave Morphine and to focus his or her activities around taking the drug. The ability of Morphine to strongly activate the brain's reward mechanisms and its ability to chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems is what produces morphine addiction. One of the many signs of morphine addiction is that it reduces the user’s level of consciousness, harming their ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.

Physical signs of morphine addiction include but are not limited to:

  • reduced sense of pain
  • needle marks (if injecting drugs)
  • slurred speech
  • blurred vision
  • double vision
  • involuntary movement of the eyeball
  • " pinpoint" pupils
  • sweating
  • chills
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • fainting/faintness
  • floating feeling
  • light-headedness
  • uncoordinated muscle movements
  • rigid muscles
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • inability to urinate
  • swelling due to fluid retention
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • cramps
  • tremors
  • tingling or pins and needles
  • seizures
  • facial flushing
  • sedation
  • weakness
  • headache
  • allergic reaction
  • high/low blood pressure
  • appetite loss
  • accidental injury
  • memory loss
  • insomnia

emotional signs of morphine addiction:

  • anxiety
  • depressed or irritable mood
  • exaggerated sense of well-being
  • abnormal thinking
  • agitation
  • apprehension
  • hallucinations

Signs of morphine addiction withdrawal include but are not limited to:

  • restlessness
  • lacrimation
  • rhinorrhea
  • yawning
  • perspiration
  • goose flesh
  • restless sleep
  • mydriasis
  • twitching and spasms of muscles
  • kicking movements
  • severe aches in the back, abdomen, and legs
  • abdominal and muscle cramps
  • hot and cold flashes
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • coryza
  • severe sneezing
  • increases in body temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and heart rate

Morphine withdrawal symptoms reach peak intensity in 36 to 72 hours. Without treatment, the signs of morphine addiction withdrawal will run their course in 5 to 7 days, even though cravings for morphine may continue for months.

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