Due to the morphine component of Avinza, abuse potential with the drug is high. Avinza capsules contain tiny extended-release beads that release too much medication (and could result in a lethal overdose) if crushed, chewed, snorted, dissolved, or injected. People with mental illness, a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or a family history of such abuse may be at higher risk for Avinza abuse.
Avinza® (morphine sulfate ER) is a prescription pain medication. As a narcotic, it is a highly desired drug of abuse. However, abuse of Avinza can be extremely dangerous, perhaps even more so than with other similar medications.
As a narcotic, Avinza leads to physical dependence. However, physical dependence is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response to chronic use of the narcotic. The body becomes accustomed to physical changes that Avinza causes, and stopping the drug will lead to withdrawal symptoms. This is not necessarily a sign of abuse.
Also, the body becomes "tolerant" to the effects of Avinza, and more is necessary to produce the same pain-relieving effects. Again, this is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response. People who have been on narcotics for a long time can take enormous doses that would lead to death in a first-time user.
There are many inherent dangers of abusing any narcotic, including Avinza. The physical consequences of Avinza abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a narcotic, especially if you are not used to it, can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death. The risk of overdose is especially high with Avinza, since many common methods of drug abuse cause the long-acting Avinza capsules to release too much morphine too quickly. The capsules contain tiny extended-release beads that release too much medication if crushed, chewed, snorted, dissolved, or injected. This could easily lead to a lethal overdose.
The emotional and social consequences of Avinza abuse can be equally devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short time.
Another potential danger is due to the talc content of Avinza. This inactive ingredient is harmless when taken by mouth but can cause serious problems when injected. Such problems include destruction of the tissue around the injection site, lung problems, and permanent damage to the heart valves.