Ketamine abuse is now higher in the UK than anywhere else in Europe, according to a recent study by the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System. Their research tells us that the number of people being treated for Ketamine related health issues has doubled in the last five years.
A common problem among heavy users of Ketamine users is the development of “K bladder”. This is when the bladder lining gets so badly damaged and scarred that it reduces in volume, which means that the ketamine user want to go to the toilet more. Sometimes they aren’t able to go at all, which leaves them in excruciating pain.
The latest MixMag global drugs survey reports that use of the drug Ketamine in this country is higher than anywhere else in Europe.
What is Ketamine?
The drug was developed as a strong veterinary anaesthetic in the early 1960’s. For the last 10-15 years it has been used by some for recreational purposes. As a drug of abuse, it’s usage has grown rapidly in the last 5 years.
Until 2014, Ketamine was classified as a Class C Drug of Abuse. It has now been re-classified as a Class B drug.
The anaesthetic effects of the drug are said to give users an ‘out of body’ or a ‘near death experience’. Long term use of the drug can cause health problems that can affect the bladder and kidneys.
Ketamine is also infamous a being a “date rape” drug as it has been used to spike drinks.
Street names for the drug include Special K, Ket and K.
Are There Drug Testing Kits for Ketamine?
Drug testing kits for ketamine can be bought as either single ketamine drug test kits or a part of a multi-parameter urine drug screen for ketamine and other drugs.
Normally, Ketamine can be detected in urine for up to 3-5 days after the last use.
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