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Injecting Opana ER

Although a new formulation of Opana® ER (oxymorphone ER) has been approved to resist abuse (it is supposedly more resistant to cutting or crushing), the drug can be abused in a few different ways. It can be taken as intended (by mouth), snorted, or injected. Opana ER tablets are designed to release the medication slowly over time; crushing, chewing, or injecting Opana ER can cause too much oxymorphone to be released too quickly.
Although Opana ER has a high potential for abuse, it is important to distinguish between true abuse of Opana ER and a physical dependence on the drug, which will occur with any long-term use, legitimate or not.
(Click Opana ER Abuse for more information on the dangers of abusing this drug through snorting, injecting, or other methods. This article also describes the difference between abuse and a physical dependence, and explains how to get help.)
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