Club Drugs Part 3: Ketamine
Next up in our series about Club Drugs is Ketamine. Since the 1970s, Ketamine has been marketed in the United States as an injectable, short-acting anesthetic for use in humans and animals.
Ketamine is known by many names:
Ketamine can be injected, consumed in drinks, snorted, or smoked. Ketamine is mostly self- administered which is sometimes more dangerous then it being slipped into your drink without you knowing. This can lead to a very high risk of overdosing and brain damage. Like GHB and Rohypnol, Ketamine can also cause an amnesia effect so it has also been used as a date-rape drug just not on the level of GHB or Rohypnol. Ketamine is very rarely bought on the street and is usually purchased from someone at raves and similar style parties.
Some side effects of taking Ketamine are:
- dream-like feeling
- blurred vision
- double vision
- jerky muscle movements
- loss of appetite
- sleep problems (insomnia)
- severe confusion
- unusual thoughts
- extreme fear
Short-term effects of using Ketamine includes problems with attention, learning, and memory; sedation; problems speaking; loss of memory; problems moving, to the point of being immobile; raised blood pressure; unconsciousness; slowed breathing that can lead to death.
Continued use of Ketamine could lead to long-term effects such as ulcers and pain in the bladder; kidney problems; stomach pain; depression; poor memory.
If you think that you were a victim to this drug, reach out to someone. If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.