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Ketamine is a powerful sedative and dissociative. Originally developed as a tranquilizer for medical purposes, ketamine is now widely used recreationally. Appearing as either a white powder or a liquid, ketamine is used legally by medical professionals as an anesthetic, but some people use it illegally because of the psychedelic effects, euphoria, painlessness and out-of-body sensations it produces. It’s often used at raves and clubs.
When used incorrectly, ketamine can cause paralysis, hallucinations, seizures and other major medical problems. It can also be addictive, and is sometimes used as a date-rape drug because it causes temporary paralysis and memory loss. Brand names for ketamine include Ketalar, Ketanest, Ketajet and Ketaset. It’s also known by its street names: K, Special K, Super K, Vitamin K, Cat Valium, Cat Tranquilizer, Jet, Kit Kat, and Purple.
People have widely varying reactions to ketamine. Its effects tend to appear quickly, depending on how it’s ingested. Smoking ketamine causes immediate effects; snorting brings effects within about 10 minutes and oral ingestion causes effects within about 20 minutes. The high from ketamine normally lasts for up to two hours. Short-term effects of ketamine use include:
Teens and young adults ingest ketamine in several different ways:
If you’re concerned that your child could be abusing ketamine, watch for the following signs:
If your teen or young adult is displaying one or more of these signs, you should strongly consider finding treatment for them.
Ketamine is a high-risk substance – if your loved one is abusing ketamine, it’s important to get professional treatment as soon as possible. Teens and young adults often experiment with party drugs as a means of testing their limits, but some of those actions can have dangerous, long-term consequences. If you’re concerned that your child is using ketamine and aren’t sure what your next steps should be, the team at Sandstone Care can help. We’re available seven days a week to answer your questions on how to approach your child and explain your options for getting them help. Give us a call at 888-850-1890.