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article imageKetamine Is The Hip Drug of Choice Among the Young British Elite

By KJ Mullins     Dec 22, 2008 in Health
The young elite in Britain are chancing their life's with a horse tranquilizer. Ketamine is the new vague drug on the party scene in London. While the drug has been around since the 1960's it has recently gained popularity.
Party food is being replaced by lines of fine white powder at wealthy homes in Britain. The elite party-goers make their way to the tables to snort ketamine the way their parents may have made with cocaine.
At one time this drug was only for the hardcore party scene but over the past decade it has become increasingly popular with the upper classes. Mild doses produce euphoria and boost energy. Those who ingest more face an altered reality complete with hallucinations and delusions. Users at times are virtually paralyzed, unable to speak, trapped in a K-hole.
The Daily Mail reports on one user named Sienna. The hedge fund manager from Surrey started using the drug three months ago.
'I'd been doing cocaine for years and needed a new buzz,' she tells me unashamedly, 'so I didn't need much persuasion to try K.
'It was love at first snort. It's great fun and a completely different high to anything else. It's like an out-of-body experience that sends you a little bit crazy. Now I always keep a spare bag at home with a bottle of Rioja.'
Ketamine is a Class C drug as of two years ago. If one is caught with it in their possession they face a two-year prison term and a huge fine.
It's easier to obtain than cocaine. With a price of £20 per gram it is half the cost of the latter drug.
The drug was first developed in the United States in 1962. It's original use was on the battlefield. Surgeons were able to amputate without general anaesthetics because of the hallucinogenic effects.
The drug went on to be used on horses. In current times the only time ketamine is used on humans is by ambulance crews in extreme circumstances or when morphine is ineffetive in a hospital setting.
Because the drug is used in medical settings many believe that it is completely safe. That is far from the truth. It is used so rarely because of the side effects, one being psychosis, which is common.
(An American ketamine research scientist named John Lilly was driven insane by his obsessive consumption of the drug. He developed paranoid fantasies that a form of artificial intelligence was out to destroy humanity, and was confined to a psychiatric ward, where he died in 2001.)
Heavy users also face extreme stomach cramps and urinating blood. With prolonged use the kidneys and bladder can be damaged. It can also reduce blood pressure, slow down the heart or speed it up, bring on vision problems and increase pressure on the brain.
Overdoses are quite possible causing strokes and heart attacks.
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