Ketamine, K, special K, vitamin K.
When injected this is usually found as a clear liquid in ampoules (brand name Ketalar).
As tablets or powder ranging in colour from off-white to light brown.
Ketamine is often sold as ecstasy, so unwitting users would be looking for euphoria, empathy, exhilaration, and energy.
Drowsiness, dizziness, numbness, loss of coordination, confusion, hallucinations, dissociation -'out-of-the-body' feelings.
As a short-acting general anaesthetic.
Accidents, anxiety, panic attack and/or collapse.
Dependency and its use may also precipitate underlying psychological problems.
Not illegal to possess, but supply is prohibited without a prescription.
How is it taken?
Orally as tablets, powder may be snorted up the nose.
If snorted: A razor blade may be used on a hard level surface (such as a mirror or glass) with the chopped powder being snorted up a paper tube or rolled banknote. If injected - needles and syringes
Where does it come from?
Diverted from pharmaceutical industry.
Counselling agencies see some dance drug users and there are also outreach workers who visit clubs handing out leaflets and making contact with users.