Substance Abuse and The Dangers of Ketamine

substance use and abuseKetamine is an anesthetic drug that is usually used on animals and in some instances, on humans. In the 1950s, phencyclidine (PCP) was developed as an intravenous general anesthetic, but because of its severe side effects, Ketamine was developed as a dissociative anesthetic to replace it.

The substance use and abuse of Ketamine is common in individuals who are already abusing drugs and, as with many other abused substances, it can lead to extreme risks when used the wrong way. It is crucial to gain an understanding of the serious pitfalls of Ketamine addiction in an effort to avoid its hazards altogether.

Various street names for Ketamine include K, Special K, Vitamin K, super acid, super c, bump, cat Valium, green, honey oil, special la coke and jet.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a type of medication that is used in both human and veterinary medicine for the maintenance and induction of general anesthesia. This drug is also used specifically for sedation in analgesia, intensive care, and bronchospasm treatment. Ketamine has various effects in humans, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Bronchodilation
  • Hallucinations
  • Mental problems
  • Impaired judgment

Obviously, without appropriate clinical purpose and supervision, the substance use and abuse of Ketamine can lead to numerous dangers.

Ketamine is available in a clear liquid or white or off-white powder form,and is also sold illegally in pill or capsule form. It is tasteless and odorless; it can be added to drinks without being detected and has been used as a “date rape drug.” Those who abuse this drug usually combine it with other drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and tobacco, any or all of which make it even more dangerous.

 The Medicinal Uses of Ketamine 

In most cases, Ketamine isn’t the first choice for anesthetic use because of its potential hallucination effects. Instead, it is used in emergency situations, wherein the fluid volume status of a patient isn’t known. Aside from use as an anesthetic, this drug was also discovered to be effective in treating depression in patients suffering from bipolar disorder, especially those who didn’t respond to antidepressants. Ketamine can therefore be used properly, so long as its use is monitored by a licensed physician to ensure the prevention of substance use and abuse.

Effects of Legitimate Ketamine Use in Patients

substance use and abuseMany patients who are legitimately administered Ketamine continuously via infusion experience different side effects. These effects consist of hallucinations, illusions, impaired memory, impaired attention, impaired judgment, nightmares, nausea, vomiting, euphoria, hypertension, diplopia (double vision), blurred vision, dizziness and delirium.Even outside the realm of substance use and abuse, this drug has numerous dangerous side effects.

Effects of Ketamine Substance Abuse

Substance use and abuse of this drug can lead to hallucinations, amnesia, delirium, mental problems and poor motor function. There are even some instances where abuse of Ketamine can also bring about respiratory issues that may cause death. Many users have described an experience called “K-hole,” which is an extreme state of dissociation with auditory and visual hallucinations.

If you suspect that the substance use and abuse of Ketamine is taking place, whether by a friend, colleague or family member, it is essential to convince them to seek help right away. Although this drug does have benefits medically, it must be safely administered by a professional to prevent substance use and abuse.

 

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