Morphine is an opioid agonist and therefore has abuse potential and risk of fatal overdose from respiratory failure. Since 1990 there has been a significant increase in deaths due to accidental drug poisoning across the United States. The largest increase among such poisonings is in the Opioid category of drugs. More specifically…Morphine Sulfate and Fentanyl.
Many thousands of doses of Morphine concentrate are safely administered on an annual basis; however, isolated incidents of medication errors have occurred.
Morphine Sulfate comes in various strengths and formulations. The lack of experience with these various formulations has contributed to the accidental deaths. Overdose is a PREVENTABLE cause of death in most cases involving Morphine. This is also true for overdoses of fentanyl, which is roughly 50 to 80 times more potent than morphine.
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