A ketamine drug test is used to quickly detect the presence of the drug in urine or saliva.
Ketamine As a Drug of Abuse
The use of ketamine as a drug of abuse is becoming more common in the UK. In 2014, a national newspaper told us that seizures of ketamine had increased by 45 per cent in England and Wales, In 2013-14, 780lbs (355kg) of the Class B drug were confiscated by authorities. Compare this to 2011-12, when just 180lbs (80kg) of the drug were confiscated. This suggests that the market for the party drug grew substantially in those two years. By 2019, Ketamine use had become so common, traces of Ketamine were being detected in shrimps in British rivers.
At the same time as this, statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System indicate that the numbers of people requiring treatment for ketamine related health issues in the last 5 years have doubled.
So, What Exactly Is Ketamine ?
Ketamine was developed in the early sixties a veterinary anaesthetic. Reports of this powerful drug being used as a drug of abuse first began to appear at the end of the nineties. The widespread use of Ketamine as a drug of abuse has only really taken of in the last five years though.
In the United Kingdom, Ketamine use is illegal. It is classified as a class B drug of abuse. It had been a class C drug, before being upgraded in early 2014.
Called “Special K” by its users, Ketamine offers floating or detached feeling for users. However it also carries serious health risks, including potential bladder & kidney problems. Ketamine also has a reputation as being a date rape drug as it is often used to spike drinks.
Ketamine Catches up With Cocaine As Party Drug of Choice
In late 2020. the Daily Telegraph reported that Ketamine had become the illegal party drug of choice for teenagers and young people. In just one year, usage had trebled, with Ketamine use amongst 16 to 24 year olds reaching its highest level since records began in 2006. Data showed that Ketamine use increased over three times in just one year.
The new statistics would suggest that ketamine is now the fourth most popular drug of choice among young British drug users, after cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine. Generally, due to a sudden increase in availability, it began to offer real value for money compared to other drugs. Also, there as a mistaken idea that it is “safer” than other class A drugs.
Are There Drug Testing Kits for Ketamine?
There are various types of drug testing kits for Ketamine available. Urine drug testing kits for Ketamine are available as single drug testing kits. The drug can also be detected by various multi-panel drug testing kits such as the Zoom Testing 10 Panel Drug Test with Ketamine. Ketamine can be detected in urine for up to 3-5 days after last use by a ketamine drug test.
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Zoom Testing is a leading UK drug testing company and a supplier of Drug Test Kits.
This post was originally published in November 201i9 and has been updated regularly since.