“Here’s one way you, or a member of your family with access to your medicine cabinet, could get high on the narcotic you were prescribed to treat pain: “You take your medication, you extract the active opioid, and you inject it,” explains Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Injecting opioids results in a much faster delivery into the brain, and that very fast delivery increases and enhances the rewarding effects.”
Volkow wasn’t recommending recreational drug use. Rather, she was describing exactly what certain prescription opioids with so-called “abuse-deterrent” properties are designed to prevent.
“You see different strategies – these deterrent formulations, for example, rely on embedding the opioid in a formulation where you cannot extract it,” she says. “So even if you crush it, you cannot extract it, and so you cannot inject it.” Or snort it.”
Source: USNews.com – August 4, 2015