Information on Illicit Drugs
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine is in a class of drugs known as dissociative anesthetics. It most often comes in liquid form so that it can be injected, but this drug can also be turned into a powder that is snorted, placed in a beverage, or smoked. Ketamine is also referred to as a “date rape” drug because it will make an individual completely unable to move or make decisions in higher doses. People often abuse this substance because it can create a dream-like state where the user feels disconnected from their body.
What Are the Consequences of Using Ketamine?
This is a very powerful substance that can be fatal when mixed with other drugs or taken in high doses. In the initial stages, users will often feel delirious, confused, and agitated as their cognitive functions are affected. As time goes on, many people will become completely oblivious to their surroundings. This drastically increases one’s risk of being placed in dangerous situations. Because this drug increases the user’s heart rate and blood pressure, there is a very high risk of overdosing when it is taken with any other drugs that affect one’s cardiovascular system. Those that inject ketamine increase their risk of contracting infections such as HIV and hepatitis C. This is also a restricted drug, so using, selling, or even possessing it can result in serious charges.
Signs and Symptoms of Ketamine Abuse:
Those that are abusing ketamine will often begin to show many of the same signs as those that are abusing powerful opiates and painkillers. They will start to lose their cognitive abilities and have difficulty speaking, walking, or carrying out any other regular tasks. At higher doses, they will often appear to be in a stupor and not respond to any stimuli. Anyone that has been abusing ketamine for an extended period might become agitated when they are coming down off of a high.
Effects of Ketamine Abuse:
Just as with any other potent substance, long-term abuse can result in a variety of serious side effects. Within a short period, this drug will begin to damage organs such as the heart and liver. Ongoing ketamine abuse will put an incredible amount of strain on these organs and can lead to organ failure. Individuals that abuse this drug regularly will also increase their risk of social and legal problems such as being fired from work or getting arrested while driving under the influence.
What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Ketamine?
Ketamine withdrawal symptoms will take place when a person steadily abuses this drug over an extended period or binges on the drug and then comes down off of their high. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include double vision, hearing loss, and an elevated heart rate. With severe addictions, the withdrawal symptoms might include a complete loss of motor skills, hallucinations, depression, and suicidal thoughts.