Ketamine, K, special K, vitamin K.
Effects Of Ketamine
Ketamine is often sold as Ecstasy, so unwitting users would be looking for euphoria, empathy, exhilaration, and energy.
Drowsiness, dizziness, numbness, loss of coordination, confusion, hallucinations, dissociation -'out-of-the-body' feelings.
Accidents, anxiety, panic attack and/or collapse.
Psychological dependency, Tolerance, bladder problems.
Information to help with Reducing Harm when using Ketamine
How does Ketamine work?
Legal status of Ketamine
Class B, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
How Is Ketamine Taken?
Orally as Tablets, powder may be snorted up the nose, injected.
Medical uses of Ketamine
As a short-acting general anaesthetic.
Where does it come from?
Diverted from pharmaceutical industry.
Most areas of the UK have ‘street agencies’ or projects (sometimes called community drug services or community drug teams) which offer a range of services including information and advice, counselling, and sometimes support groups and complementary therapies such as acupuncture. Some services have extended working hours and may offer weekend support. If use of this substance becomes a problem you can seek help, advice and counselling from a service in your area. Some agencies provide outreach workers who visit clubs handing out leaflets and making contact with users specifically for harm minimisation.
GPs can make referrals to specialist drug services. For a description of what the different drug services do, choose helping services from here or the main menu.
Parents & other relatives
Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.
You can view a list of National Drug Agencies.
If you would like to talk about Ketamine problems then please call the DAN 24/7 Helpline on: