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Ketamine

KetamineKetamine is a powerful anaesthetic and has been used in operations. It has become popular in the dance community and makes people feel detached from their surroundings; at higher doses it can make people hallucinate.

What else is it called?

Special K, Super K, Vitamin K, Green, Donkey, Dust, K

What does it look like?

When used as a medical anaesthetic, ketamine is a liquid, because this makes it easy to inject.

‘Street’ ketamine is normally a grainy, white powder – although sometimes it can come as tablets.

What is its legal status?

  • Ketamine is a Class C drug which means that it's illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
  • Possession can get you up to two years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
  • Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you 14 years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.

How much does it cost?

Roughly £20 per gram.

What equipment do people use to take it?

None if snorted in powder form. If it is injected, then people will use syringes.

What about dependence/addiction?

The simple answer is yes you can become addicted.  Ketamine is not physically addictive, but people can become addicted psychologically. Heavy users can build up tolerance, meaning they will need to take more to get the desired effects.