The use of Ketamine is
increasing among teenagers and young adults throughout the United
States. Ketamine is considered to be one of the predatory drugs,
because it can be slipped into a person's drink to render him
or her unconscious and unable to fend off sexual assault.
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride) is a central nervous system
depressant that reduces pain perception and causes sedation. It was
developed in the 1970s as a medical anesthetic for both humans and
animals. Ketamine is often mistaken for cocaine or crystal
methamphetamine because of a similarity in appearance. Also known
as K, Special K, Vitamin K, Kit Kat, Keller, Super Acid, and Super
C, Ketamine can be in tablet, powder, or liquid form.
Ketamine is so powerful that, when injected, there is a risk of
losing motor control before the injection is completed. In powder
form, the drug can be snorted or sprinkled on tobacco or marijuana
and smoked. The effects of Ketamine last from one to six hours. It
is usually 24-48 hours before the user feels completely "normal"
What Are the Effects of Ketamine?
Psychedelic effects are produced quickly by low doses (25-100
mg) of Ketamine. Higher doses (1 gram or more) can cause
convulsions and death. As with most anesthetics, eating or drinking
before taking Ketamine can cause vomiting. Other reported
effects include the following:
Ketamine distorts a person's perceptions of many things, such as pain, one's body, time, and the environment. These distortions lead to a scattered feeling or to a feeling of detachment from the world. Other psychologic effects include:
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