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Ketamine

Aka: Special K, K, Ket, Super K, Vitamin K


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Ketamine is a strong tranquillizer and anaesthetic used on animals. Ketamine has become more common in Ireland as a drug, usually taken in indoor party settings. It can be swallowed as a tablet or snorted as a powder. Sometimes it comes as a liquid. There have been reports of Ketamine being used in Ecstasy pills (sometimes called a Calvin Klein).

There is a high risk of becoming psychologically addicted to ketamine, and you could begin to find it hard to cope without it.

Also known as: Special K, K, ket, super K, vitamin K,

Effects of Ketamine:

  • It numbs the body and creates the effect of removing users from their sense of reality.
  • If you take a small amount, Ketamine can slow down your movements.
  • Ketamine can also cause hallucinations, aggressiveness, blackouts and temporary blindness.
  • Depending on how you take it, the effects generally start within a few minutes and last 1-3 hours.
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss are common side effects.

Dangers of Ketamine:

  • Because it numbs the body, users run the risk of serious injury without even realising they've been hurt.
  • High doses of Ketamine can cause serious breathing problems, unconsciousness or heart failure.
  • If injecting it, ketamine may damage your veins and lead to abscesses and thrombosis.
  • If injecting, sharing needles can pass on diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.
  • There is also a risk of choking on vomit whilst unconscious.
  • Ketamine can cause confusion, agitation, panic attacks, and damage to short term and long term memory.

Remember: All drugs, including the misuse of prescribed medication, can pose serious health risks, up to and including possible death.

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Published February 19th, 2013
Last updated November 30th, 2017
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