THE TERRIFYING REALITY OF MORPHINE ADDICTION IN THE 1930S
- December 30, 2018
Possibly one of the most infamous of the opioid family, morphine is particularly dangerous naturally-occurring painkiller derived from the opium poppy (also the source of opioids we know today). Nowadays, synthetic drugs like heroin and fentanyl are designed to mimic the original effects of this drug, but, while these illegal substances are far more dangerous, morphine still has a terrifying and dangerous reputation throughout history. In fact, in the 1800s, doctors used to prescribe this drug to treat excruciating pain, violent coughs, and severe bouts of diarrhea. Although it was useful during surgical procedures, the drug was still a dangerous threat at the height of the 1900s. Let’s take a closer look at the terrifying reality of morphine addiction in the 1930s.
Morphine as a Medication
Did you know that, at some point, doctors administered morphine as a means of curing addiction to opium addition and alcoholism? Of course, sometime later, medical professionals determined that this painkiller was not only more dangerous that any kind of booze but also exponentially stronger than opium itself. In fact, prior to the release of heroin in the 1870s, morphine was one of the most popular drugs of abuse and spurned an epidemic of sorts.
Back in 1930, chemist János Kábay initially developed a system for extracting morphine from the opium poppy’s straw, thus widening its popularity and availability during this time. Even today, roughly 230 tons of this painkiller are used as medications for severe pain and debilitating illnesses. Like any type of opioid, however, this substance is potent, stimulating, and highly addictive.
Morphine during Wartime
Some of the most infamous cases concerning widespread morphine addiction took place during the Civil War and World War II. In fact, during the Civil War alone, an estimated 400,000 men contracted an illness called “soldier’s disease,” a fancy term for morphine addiction. Likewise, during World War II, medical officers utilized the syrette (single-dose syringe) as a mean of helping wounded soldiers, while some officers were required to pin the devices onto their collars.
At the turn of the 1930s, morphine addiction had become such a destructive part of society that the government sought to intervene. Soon, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) pioneered new campaigns to fight narcotics possession and use. In succession, the Boggs Act of 1951 issued a punishment of a 2-year imprisonment for people who possessed narcotics. In 1956, the Narcotic Control Act increased the 3rd-offense punishment to a 10-40-year period in prison.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
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