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About Drugs

  • Ketamine

What’s Ketamine?

Ketamine (which Can Also Be referred to as K, Special K, Vitamin K, green, and jet) is a tranquilizer (anesthetic) Which has some medical use with People but is more commonly used in veterinary medicine.

The Effects of Ketamine Abuse

Ketamine abuse may cause a selection of emotions and experiences, from a moderate floating sensation into a hallucinogenic” out of body experience.” These effects have made it a popular club drug (abused when attending dance parties, nightclubs, or all-night raves).

When seeking to quit using Ketamine, users may experience cognitive and mental symptoms which make it hard for them to stop their use of the medication. Moreover, if an individual’s drug abuse caused a mental health problem, mood disorder, or behavioral problem, the co-occurring disease can also preclude stopping without professional intervention.

The Dangerous Side Effects of Ketamine Abuse

Ketamine abuse may cause several harmful side effects and if abused in combination with other drugs, such as marijuana or alcohol, the risks are compounded. When abused for recreational purposes, Ketamine is often snorted in powder form or injected in liquid form.

Additionally, as is true with any misuse of mind-altering substances, the probability of long-term cognitive impairments, psychosis, and paranoia, ketamine abusers might have great difficulty making wise decisions regarding their health and their behaviors.

Tracking the Future

According to the 2010 edition of the annual Monitoring, the Future survey on drug use and attitudes among U.S. teens and teens, 1 percent of 8th graders, 1.1 percentage of 10th graders, and 1.6 percent of 12th graders report having mistreated Ketamine at least once in the preceding year.
In the 10 years that Ketamine abuse was included in the MTF study, overall past-year Ketamine abuse among surveyed students has dropped from a high of 2.0 percent (in 2000) to 1.2 percent in 2010.

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Breathing problems nausea and Vomiting
  • Double vision
  • Seizure-like muscle contractions
  • Hallucinations and nightmares
  • Severe anxiety/disorientation
  • Insomnia
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Transient Erythema and/or Morbilliform rash
  • Hypotension
  • Bradycardia/Arrhythmia
  • Nystagmus

How Addictive is Ketamine?

Ketamine abuse does not usually lead to the type of physical dependence that results from the misuse of drugs like Alcohol and Heroin. However, the ability of Ketamine to impair an individual’s cognitive abilities and to result in a desire for continued use means that stopping one’s Ketamine abuse might not be as straightforward as just deciding to stop.

Will Ketamine be Detected on a Drug Test?

A standard 12 Panel Urine Drug Test normally does not detect Ketamine.  However, certain specialized tests can detect Ketamine in urine for possibly up to two weeks.  There are even some studies that indicated it may be detected in urine for up to 30 days for some individuals.

 

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