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Drugs of Abuse

Drug Type: Ketamine

Ketamine (Ketamine Hydrochloride is used as an animal tranquilizer for pet surgery)

Other Names: K, Special K, Ket, Kit Kat, Vitamin K, K-hole

What it looks like:

  • Clear liquid contained in vial (should be labeled or look for evidence that a label was affixed and has been removed)
  • White crystalline powder

How it is used:

  • Injected
  • Snorted
  • Smoked
  • Mixed with alcohol and drunk

Effect of the drug: Effects can be felt within minutes depending on method of ingestion and can last up to 24 hours.

  • Hallucinations/distortions in vision, time, sense, identity
  • Users describe an out of body experience-as if they are floating
  • Euphoria

Negative Effects/Overdose Effects:

  • Loss of motor skills and loss of coordination
  • Aggressiveness/violence
  • Vomiting
  • Coma
  • Death

What to look for:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Evidence of distortion in sensory perceptions
  • Slow to respond, as if in a drunken stupor
  • Sedation

Paraphernalia Associated with Drug Use:

  • Labeled vials. Common tradenames for ketamine are Ketalar, Ketaset and Vetamine.
  • Syringes/Needles
  • Small baggies (popular for packaging)

Potential for Abuse:Ketamine is a very popular drug on the Rave scene and in nightclubs. Users generally purchase ketamine in clubs, at rave parties, or from friends. Ketamine costs about $20 per powdered dose, $50 to $70 per vial, or approximately $100 per gram. Songs have been written about being in the "K-hole," as the drug continues to gain popularity. Being in the "K-hole" means experiencing the hallucinogenic state caused by ketamine in which the user feels detached from reality. It is precisely because of these effects that ketamine may emerge as a "date-rape" drug. Producing ketamine in clandestine labs is a painstaking, difficult process, so most ketamine is stolen from veterinarian’s offices or pet hospitals

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