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Ambulance Technician Admits to Scam to Fund Drug Habit

A former ambulance technician admitted that his drug addiction caused him to run a scam in order to make money to pay for his habit. This scam saw him promising to sell medical equipment to a number of buyers, including medical professionals. David Richens set up a Facebook page to sell the medical equipment, which was worth approximately £1,600, but never had any intention of going through with the sales.

It was during an illness that Richens was prescribed morphine, to which he became addicted. He then moved on to crack cocaine and street heroin. He used a fake name on the Facebook page and, upon receiving payment for the items, deleted the page and customers then had no way of contacting him. As he never intended to supply the goods, he had committed a fraudulent act and was caught when police traced him after he transferred the money made into his own personal account.

Addiction to Morphine

Many people are unaware of the extremely addictive nature of prescribed drugs such as morphine. In the case of Mr Richens, morphine was prescribed to help with a long-term condition that led to a build-up of pressure in the brain. Doctors later reduced the prescription for morphine but by that time he was already addicted and had moved on to street drugs. The fact that a qualified ambulance technician can find himself suffering with a drug addiction goes to show the powerful addictiveness of some drugs. It also shows how easy it can be to become hooked on drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

What is Morphine?

Morphine is an opiate painkiller that acts on the central nervous system. Morphine can be highly addictive and those taking it can become tolerant to it very quickly. It is used in hospitals to treat moderate to extreme pain but because it can cause shallow breathing, it is not normally given to those who have breathing problems or asthma. Even with low doses, morphine can be addictive so it is only given when deemed necessary.

Signs of a Morphine Addiction

A person taking morphine may experience dizziness and fainting episodes; they may also experience shallow breathing. Pupils will tend to be constricted and their skin may feel cold and clammy. If you think someone you love is suffering with an addiction to morphine then these symptoms are common with those taking too much of the drug. Other symptoms include:

  • runny nose
  • chills
  • sweating
  • irritability
  • backache
  • tearing eyes
  • muscle ache
  • restlessness
  • trouble sleeping
  • stomach cramps
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea.

The symptoms above are similar to those of the flu but those with a morphine addiction will usually leave evidence such as syringes or pill bottles in the home, which may indicate a problem.

Addiction Help

As with most addictions, those suffering with them will be in denial. They will not want to admit they have a problem and especially if they are addicted to a drug that has been prescribed to them by a medical professional. Many people are of the opinion that they cannot become addicted to something that has been prescribed by a doctor but this is not the case. All opiates are addictive and the problem with a morphine addiction is that it often leads to an addiction to drugs such as heroin or cocaine.

If you think you may be addicted to morphine or that someone you love is suffering with a morphine addiction, we can help. At Rehab Helper, we have a team of experts who will help with your situation. Our team consists of trained therapists and counsellors who will get you the help you need as soon as possible.

Source:

  • http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/11701143.Former_ambulance_technician_admits_to_scam_which_funded_his_drug_addiction/
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