Ketamine used for Veterinary Care
Ketamine is used legally in the veterinary field as a dissociative anesthetic but has also legally been approved to be medically administered to people as well. Because Ketamine has anesthetic characteristics, sexual predators abuse Ketamine illegally in hopes to paralyze or incapacitate unsuspecting victims.
Ketamine is abused in other ways by drug users wanting to 'space out' and get 'high'. When Ketamine is abused to 'space out', it's because of the hallucinogenic effects the user receives when abusing it. The effects are somewhat like the effects a drug user gets when abusing PCP. Once drug users realized this, Ketamine became quite popular among drug users.
What does Ketamine look like?
Ketamine comes in either a powder or liquid form. The powder form can be pressed to form Ketamine tablets. Drug users mix Ketamine in their beverages, combine it with marijuana, add it to their tobacco, snort (sniff) the powder or ingest the tablets. Quite often Ketamine abusers combine it with Ecstasy (MDMA). When abused in liquid form many Ketamine users inject it into a muscle.
Most of the time teens and young adults are the ones that abuse Ketamine. The age group at one time was between 12 and 25. That's not to say that older adults don't abuse Ketamine though. As with all drugs of abuse, Ketamine use can be abused by anyone.
Abusing Ketamine is quite serious because of the psychological and physical affect that occur when abusing the drug. Because Ketamine is a hallucinogenic, sight and sound is distorted. The abuser feels out of control because their judgment senses and coordination are impaired and distorted. The out of control feelings can last for a full 24 hours after Ketamine is used. The distorted hallucinations usually last between 45 minutes to an hour and a half.
This video explains the dangers of Ketamine abuse.
Ketamine is sold on the streets to those who abuse the drug. Ketamine users refer to this drug as:
- Special K
- Cat valium
- Super acid
- Purple special la coke
- Super C
- Green K
- Honey oil
- Vitamin K
- Kit kat
Ketamine is considered a club drug that's abused by many teenagers and young adults. The younger generation tends to abuse psychoactive drugs at bars, nightclubs, concerts, and parties. These party drugs are abused by people of all ages but young people appear to have a higher rate of abuse.
Ketamine Abuse Dangers and Risks
Ketamine use is extremely serious and dangerous to the individual that abuses it. Ketamine use can cause:
- Motor function impairment
- Increased blood pressure
- Possibly fatal respiratory problems
When abusing Ketamine the individual also stands the chance of being sexually assaulted depending on the situation and their surroundings. Many innocent people have been sexually assaulted because a predator laced their beverage with Ketamine for sexual intentions. There have also been cases where innocent people were offered Ketamine without realizing what it actually was and what the effects are, after using it they were sexually assaulted.
The affects when using Ketamine doesn't take very long once they are used. If an individual unknowingly takes Ketamine and because it reacts so fast, you may not be able to move. Sometimes the individual is aware of their surroundings but can't move. After-wards because Ketamine affects the memory the individual may not remember anything during the time they were drugged. Because this drug is abused by many sexual predators it's considered a 'date rape' drug.
Other Ketamine Effects
- Dreamy state of mind
- Speech may be slurred
- Emotionally out of control
- Sight and sounds are impaired
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Out of body feelings and sensations
- Memory problems
- Impaired breathing
Ketamine Effects Depending on Dose
When Ketamine is abused in low doses the effects of the drug are: attention impairment, impaired learning ability, and impaired memory. High doses of Ketamine cause hallucinations and dream-like state of mind. Extremely high doses of Ketamine cause delirium and amnesia.