In light of the recent arrest of individuals possessing Ketamine in Yorktown, please find more information about this dangerous drug below:
Ketamine (also known as Special K) 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 and is also referred to as Cat Valium, Cat Tranquilizer, Kit Kat, Purple, Super K, Special La Coke, Vitamin K and Super Acid.
Ketamine was manufactured to be an injectable liquid but when used illicitly, it is evaporated to form a powder and is snorted or swallowed. It is odorless and tasteless, so it can be added to beverages without being detected, and it induces amnesia. Because of these properties, the drug is sometimes given to unsuspecting victims and used in the commission of sexual assaults referred to as “drug rape”.
Ketamine causes dream-like states and hallucinations. Users report sensations ranging from a pleasant feeling of floating to being separated from their bodies. Some experiences involve a terrifying feeling of almost complete sensory detachment that is likened to a near-death experience. These experiences, similar to a “bad trip” on LSD, are called the “K-hole.” Low-dose intoxication 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.
Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids