Morphling is a powerful painkiller used for severe injuries and illnesses, normally available to those with connections to the Capitol or District 13. It is similar to the real life opiate analgesic morphine and can be delivered through an injection, IV, or tablets. Morphling can be addictive and constant use may lead to side effects that heavily affect the user's appearance, such as yellowish skin and wide eyes. Addicts are referred to as morphlings. The drug is thought to cause hallucinations, as proven by the urge to engage in artistic activity shown by the morphlings from District 6, in Catching Fire.
Morphling first appeared when vials from Mrs. Undersee's supply were delivered at her request by her daughter Madge to Mrs. Everdeen to help treat Gale Hawthorne, who had been severely whipped by Romulus Thread.
Johanna Mason developed a slight addiction to morphling when she was hospitalized in District 13 for the torture she had received in the Capitol. She began to experience withdrawal when her supply was cut and started to tap into Katniss Everdeen's IV. However, she was so determined to directly participate in the rebellion on the front lines that she put up with the symptoms to continue her training.
Following Katniss's imprisonment for the murder of President Alma Coin, she considered overdosing on morphling tablets to commit suicide, but did not follow through. She also developed an addiction to the drug but was weaned off it.
- ↑ Catching Fire, Chapter 8