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Ketamine

Ketamine is considered a dissociative anesthetic (other examples of this drug are PCP and DXM). This means that the drug distorts the users perception of sight and sound and produces feelings of detachment from the environment and ones self.

Street terms for Ketamine:

jet, super acid, Special “K”, green, K, cat Valium.

What Does Ketamine Look Like?

  • Ketamine comes in a clear liquid and a white or off-white powder form.

How Is Ketamine Used?

  • Ketamine is a tranquilizer most commonly used on animals.
  • The liquid form can be injected, consumed in drinks, or added to smokable materials.
  • The powder form can be used for injection when dissolved.
  • In certain areas, Ketamine is being injected intramuscularly.

Who Uses Ketamine?

  • Ketamine, along with the other “club drugs,” has become popular among teens and young adults at dance clubs and “raves.”

How Does Ketamine Get Into the United States?

  • Marketed as a dissociative general anesthetic for human and veterinary use, the only known source of Ketamine is via diversion of pharmaceutical products.
  • Recent press reports indicate that a significant number of veterinary clinics are being robbed specifically for their Ketamine stock.
  • DEA reporting indicates that a major source of Ketamine in the United States is product diverted from pharmacies in Mexico.4

What Are Some Consequences of Ketamine Use?

  • Higher doses produce an effect referred to as “K-Hole,” an “out of body,” or “near-death” experience.
  • Use of the drug can cause delirium, amnesia, depression, and long-term memory and cognitive difficulties. Due to its dissociative effect, it is reportedly used as a date-rape drug.