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morphine patches

I just found out my mom n sister r chewing morphine patches. I am really scared for them. Does anyone know what it does n how u act if u chew them they have been actin really diffrent lately is that why?
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I have never heard of a morphine patch. I have only heard of Fentanyl, or duragesic patches.  I am sure they are similar though.  

They could have euphoria, itching, nausea, dilated pupils, sweating, overall sense of well being, constipation, etc.  What have you noticed?
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How did you find out?  Did you tell them this is scary stuff??
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271792 tn?1334979657
Hi,

I am so sorry you are watching your family go through this. It breaks my heart.

I have to be honest and tell you that your mom and sister are doing is dangerous. A pain patch of any kind is meant to be absorbed into the system, usually over a period of 24 hours. By chewing them they are getting the full dose of medication all at once. In addition to that, the behavior in itself is addictive behavior. I have a suspicion that this is not their first time doing drugs.

I hope you come back and talk with us. The members here can support you and usually answer any questions you may have.
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271792 tn?1334979657
I actually meant to say absorbed over a period of 48 hours, but that is neither here nor there at this point. I was trying to make you understand that by doing it as they are they are getting the full effect of the medication all at once, as I said. That is the dangerous part.
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My mom and sister have been abusing perscription drus for years. I have so many loved ones addicted to them i divorced after 12 years of marriage because of it and am going through it with a wonderful man that i have been with for 5 years now. With my mom and sister i have noticed that they have mood swings really bad they will fall asleep in the middle of a conversation talk out of there heads they have always abused zanaxs and they act like they have been doin them. My uncle told me they were doin it so i started to pay attention n i started noticing them chewing stuff i would ask them n they would say it was gum but after knowing i could see it was not gum. I know that it can probably lead to death but what else? Brain dammage ? Heart ? I have a 2 year old neice that is involved me and my older sister keep her as often as we can but we both work fultime plus and i have 3 kids of my own, i dont know what to do!

                                                   Thank you so much for your replies!
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I used fentanyl patches for a year and had an extremely high tolerance for opiates, 1 100mcg/hr has about 10 mgs of fentanyl. Fentanyl is 40 times stronger than morphine. So in essence, chewing one 50 mcg/hr patch is about 5 mgs of fentanyl which is equivelant to 200 mgs of morphine. That's like doing 2 and a half 80s at once. What they're doing is dangerous, end of story, take it from some one that knows first hand. I'm not a dr., nor do I claim to know everything, so don't take my word for science but what they're doing is dangerous and they need to get help getting off...
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