MS Contin Abuse
As a narcotic medication, MS Contin (morphine sulfate ER) can lead to physical dependence when taken for a long period of time, and some people may develop an addiction to the drug. However, there is a significant difference between an addiction and a simple physical dependence on the drug. The consequences of MS Contin abuse can be dangerous, possibly resulting in difficulty breathing, coma, and even death.
Abusing MS Contin: An OverviewMS Contin® (morphine sulfate ER) is a prescription pain medication. As a narcotic drug that contains a high dose of morphine, it is a highly desired drug of abuse. However, abuse of MS Contin can be extremely dangerous, perhaps even more so than with other similar medications.
Consequences of MS Contin AbuseThe physical consequences of MS Contin 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 an overdose is especially high with MS Contin, as many common methods of drug abuse cause the long-acting MS Contin tablets to release too much morphine too quickly. The tablets will release too much medication if crushed, chewed, snorted, dissolved, or injected. This could easily lead to a lethal overdose.
Another potential danger is due to the talc content of MS Contin. 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.
The emotional and social consequences of MS Contin abuse can be equally as devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short period of time.