Date Rape Drug – Ketamine

ROHYPNOL  | GHB | ECSTASY | OVERVIEW

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic developed in 1963 to replace PCP and currently used in human anesthesia and veterinary medicine.  Much of the ketamine sold on the street has been diverted from veterinarians’ offices.  Ketamine’s chemical structure and mechanism of action are similar to those of PCP
Common Street Names
Black Hole, Bump, Cat Valium, Green, Jet, K, K-Hole, Kit Kat, Psychedelic Heroin, Purple, Special K, Super Acid
Use and Effects
Currently, Ketamine is legal in the United States and is used as an anesthetic for both humans and animals. It is more commonly used in veterinary medicine which often results in these practices being robbed. Ketamine can easily be slipped into a victims’ drink and is colorless as well as tasteless. Ketamine has a diverse range of effects on its victims. The drug moves very quickly through the system  and can cause the victim to not be able to move despite being aware of what is  occurring. In addition, Ketamine can cause dream-like states and hallucinations.  In some cases, ketamine experiences involve a terrifying feeling of almost complete sensory detachment.  Many victims describe the sensation as a near-death experience. These  experiences, similar to a “bad trip” on LSD, are called the “K-hole.” Very low-dose intoxication from ketamine results in impaired attention, learning ability, and memory. In high doses, ketamine can cause delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, depression, and potentially fatal respiratory problems.

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