U.K. bans gay party drug

Ketamine, which had been available by prescription, is banned in the United Kingdom.

BY Mike Grippi

January 04 2006 12:00 AM ET

The U.K.
government on Sunday banned all sales of the drug ketamine,
often taken as a party drug by gay men in the United Kingdom
and the United States, 365gay.com reports. The drug,
known in clubs as Special K or just as the letter K,
had been available in the U.K. with a prescription,
but it is now banned entirely in the country. It is not
available for human use in the United States but is used as
a veterinary anesthetic in the U.S. and abroad.

Ketamine, which
can come in a liquid or powder form, is a hallucinogen
chemically similar to PCP or “angel dust” that
commonly produces an out-of-body experience that lasts
for approximately one hour. High doses of the
medication can cause unconsciousness or coma. Ketamine also
is often used as a date rape drug because of its
anesthetic effects. (Advocate.com)

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