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Drug factfile

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Ketamine 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

What does it look like?

Legally produced ketamine (for medicinal use) comes as a liquid. If it is illegally produced it will appear as a white powder.

What is its legal status?

Class C

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?

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.