Morphine: The White Lady Called Miss Emma and Her Dose of Salt and Sugar

Morphine has had a long history of usage as a painkiller. Since it was first isolated in Germany in 1803, it has been used medically to treat various illnesses, particularly for pain relief and for controlling opium addiction. Today, the drug is available in many generic forms and can be bought from a pharmacist with a prescription. It is also used in hospitals as a means to manage pain.

The relative availability of morphine has made it one of the most commonly abused drugs in some parts of the world. If a user does not get it through illicit means, he or she can take a few tablets from a friend who uses it for medication. It can also be easy for a person to steal a few tablets from a member of his or her household who happens to be taking medicine based on morphine to manage an illness.

Morphine Codenames

It is not unusual for drug users to develop codenames or substitute drug names with other names to avoid suspicion and detection. Codenames and substitute names are often at the very least descriptive of the real name they are supposed to stand for.

Because morphine can come in white tablets to be taken orally, the tablets are often called the white lady. Because morphine tablets can be ground to powder form as preparation for snorting or for intravenous intake, they are also called salt and sugar.

And because morphine begins with the letter “m,” Miss Emma or Aunt Emma has become a common slang for morphine due to the “em” sound of the name.

Effects of Morphine on the Mind

Morphine is a painkiller, but as a derivative of the opium poppy, it has many effects on the mind. One particular effect is the absence of pain and sometimes a heightened sense of pleasure.

There are many reasons why morphine is a controlled substance. For one, it has many dangerous side effects. Some of these side effects are the slowing of heartbeat, difficulty in breathing, severe headache and dizziness, seizures and convulsions.


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