Also known as: K / Special K / Vitamin K / Kit Kat

What's This?

Ketamine is an anaesthetic for veterinary as well as human use. The drug takes the form of white crystalline powder, liquid or a tablet. As a drug of abuse in Hong Kong, the United States and Australia, Ketamine has become common at dance parties or 'raves'.

Ketamine produces a progression of effects on the abuser, from a state of dreamy intoxication to delirium accompanied by the inability to move, feel pain or remember what has occurred under the drug's influence. The effects of Ketamine last an hour or less but the drug can affect the senses, judgment and co-ordination for 18 to 24 hours.

A photograph of ketamine

Effects & Dangers

  • Inability to move
  • Distorted judgment, perception and sense
  • Confusion and hallucination
  • Bleeding nose, cannot smell properly
  • Gastric pain
  • Difficulty in urinating, urinary tract infection

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Depression, anger and irritability
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)