Ketamine Addiction: 9 Fast Facts

Ketamine Addiction Is Serious and Can Result in Real Harm to a Person's Life. Learn More.

Ketamine, a substance that's used as an anesthetic due to its dissociative properties, can also be used recreationally. Although it's often seen as a harmless drug with minimal abuse potential, it is possible to build a dependence. Ketamine addiction, like any substance use disorder, can have severe consequences on a person's well-being and health. It's important to understand more about how ketamine works, how ketamine addiction can occur, the many ways ketamine can be abused. This list of fast facts is a helpful guide so you can learn more about ketamine addiction.

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  1. Ketamine is used as an anesthetic on humans as well as animals. A lot of the ketamine that people use recreationally is acquired on the streets. Dealers get most of their supply by redirecting ketamine that's intended for veterinary clinics.
  2. Ketamine is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance. Using the drug can lead to dependence and ketamine addiction.
  3. Ketamine is considered a party drug. It's taken recreationally in clubs or in other social situations where people desire its dissociative effects. It can create a calming effect on the individual, often described as dream-like.
  4. One of the ways ketamine addiction manifests is in the binge pattern some people use when taking the drug. Ketamine is a short-acting drug. To sustain a high for prolonged periods of time, it's necessary to take doses one after the other. This poses a serious health concern due to the fact that people who go on drug binges don't get enough sleep, which can cause cognitive impairment and also neglect to eat, which can lead to malnutrition. Staying in a ketamine high for extended periods of time can also be dangerous because the person is in a vulnerable state and might not be able to defend themselves if someone takes advantage of them.
  5. Ketamine statistics published by the Drug Abuse Warning Network showed that there were over 1,000 emergency room visits seeking treatment for adverse side effects of ketamine.
  6. Ketamine is odorless and tasteless, which leads to it often being used as a date-rape drug. Ketamine causes mental confusion. Someone under the influence of ketamine isn't in a position to consent. Further, they may experience amnesia once the effects wear off.
  7. Ketamine use is prevalent among younger individuals, especially high-school and college students.The latest ketamine statistics published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that 1.2% of 12th grade students have used the drug in the past year.
  8. When someone takes high doses of ketamine, they may experience something called K-hole. People who abuse ketamine report that K-hole is the sensation they feel when they're about to become unconscious.
  9. It's possible to overdose on ketamine. There are several other side effects that can signal that a person took too high a dose of ketamine and needs emergency medical attention. These side effects include:
  • Cloudy urine
  • Difficulty urinating or urinating frequently
  • Bluish lips, skin, or fingernails
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Being unable to breathe
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Alterations in heart rate
  • Skin reactions such as hives or rash
  • Delusions
  • Sweating
  • Agitation
  • Fatigue or weakness

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