Ketamine-Fast facts for families
Ketamine causes ‘Floaty’ and detached feelings, physical inability to move, and hallucinations leading to good or bad trips. Large doses can exacerbate mental health problems
Ketamine is a depressant and a hallucinogen. It is often used as a medical anaesthetic and is only legal in this function.
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HOW COMMON IS USAGE?
In the general community, Ketamine is not a widely used drug, especially in comparison to cannabis and alcohol. For instance, In 2010, 1.4 per cent of Australians aged over 14 years had used ketamine (National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 2010). Ketamine is also not commonly used by young people who need drug treatment services but this does not mean it is used without risk or problems.
HOW CAN I TELL IF A YOUNG PERSON IS USING?
Ketamine causes ‘Floaty’ and detached feelings, physical inability to move, and hallucinations leading to good or bad trips. Large doses can exacerbate mental health problems. If a young person you care about is using or has used,it is most likely you will notice the after effects of ketamine. The comedown from Ketamine ranges from person to person but can include, memory loss and disorientation but remember there are many other situations that could explain these symptoms.
HOW CAN I TELL IF SOMEONE IS USING OR DEALING IN MY HOUSE?
If you notice signs of drugs or substances it can be hard to tell if it is Ketamine. Ketamine is not particularly distinctive and looks very similar to many other drugs and substances. It comes as a White crystalline powder, tablet, pill or liquid.
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