What is Ketamine?

Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride) is a central nervous system

Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride) is a central nervous system

depressant that produces a rapid-acting dissociative effect.

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

(NCADI, 2000).

Also known as K, Special K, Vitamin K, Kit Kat, Keller, Super

Acid, and Super C, Ketamine is available in tablet, powder,

and liquid form. So powerful is the drug 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 (Partnership

for a Drug-Free America, 2000). The effects of Ketamine last

from 1 to 6 hours, and it is usually 24–48 hours before the user feels completely

“normal” again.

Source: U.S. Department

of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA's Center for Substance

Abuse Prevention. Prevention Alert: Club Drugs: Ketamine (Volume

3, Number 28 ed.) Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing


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