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Ketamine and the Young Elite

Monday, January 19th, 2009 Ketamine and the Young Elite

The definition of Ketamine according to FRANK is a ’short-acting but powerful general anaesthetic which depresses the nervous system and causes a temporary loss of body sensation. That’s why it has been used for operating on humans and animals. It has powerful hallucinogenic qualities (with a distortion of objects and reality)’.

In a recent Mail report by Laura Topham (23 12 08) her headline opener asks Why the wealthy young elite are switching from cocaine to the deadlier drug ketamine, the horse tranquillisers used on injured soldiers in Vietnam”.

One of many festive parties going on, however this particular party has a more sinister background. In brief, there’s not a mince pie or glass of mulled wine in sight.

Hosts include two wealthy City traders in Prada suits, several open-shirted men who have been invited on the strength of their aristocratic heritage, and three wannabe ‘It’ girls clopping through in Jimmy Choo spikes.

Notwithstanding, the antique dining table, instead of displaying festive party food it displays lines of white powder. Topham adds,’ within an hour, all the guests have sauntered over, champagne glass in hand, snorted an inch-long line, then slunk off to recline on a plush sofa’.

Fundamentally, there is an urgent need to sit down as the effects of the drug are particularly rapid, leaving the user wobbly, inarticulate and, at times, near a state of collapse. This powder is not what the reader would automatically expect, this is a new drug. It is also the choice of the rich, it is Ketamine, and it is a horse tranquiliser.

According to a report from Simon Mills of the Times (14 12 08) on Ketamine, and it’s graphic effects from a personal perspective. “One minute I was feeling fine, the next I was having a slow-mo car smash in Toontown. My legs buckled underneath me, my vision took on that wibbly, zig-zagging quality that you used to see preceding the corny flashback scenes in Scooby-Doo, and any limb movement seemed like an oddly detached jump-cut movie sequence of grimly exaggerated robotics, all executed in groggy nausea-vision. Why? My drink had been spiked. And it was horrible”.

It has been suggested that mild doses give the effect of elation and somewhat boosts energy levels. Increased amounts however, bring on hallucinations and delusions. Hitherto, users may fall into a ‘K-hole’ - a semi-conscious state in which they are completely cut off from the external world, virtually paralysed and unable to speak and this is extremely alarming.

The reality is that these episodes are exactly what the user is desiring.

Topham, goes undercover to find out more on the Ketamine sensation. Her first experience was at a party in the plush Mayfair. Sienna, a 32-year old hedge fund manager from Surrey, who was introduced to ketamine three months ago.

‘I’d been doing cocaine for years and needed a new buzz,’ she tells me unashamedly, ’so I didn’t need much persuasion to try K.
‘It was love at first snort. It’s great fun and a completely different high to anything else. It’s like an out-of-body experience that sends you a little bit crazy. Now I always keep a spare bag at home with a bottle of Rioja.’

What needs consideration is the fact that Ketamine has the classification of a class C drug and therefore conviction for possession carries a two-year prison sentence and an unlimited fine. For Sienna, she merely laughs off the concept that she could get a criminal record.

Similarly, for Simon Mills and his experience of Ketamine he states, “All this happened not at some dodgy nightclub or seedy bar, but at a nice, polite wedding in rural Gloucestershire. For Mills, he declares ‘I sensed proper trauma’.

Mills had not been spiked by a stranger. He says, The unfunny joker was known to me and had been sitting at the same table. He did it because, as he told me days later (showing no remorse), “you looked a bit bored”.

With reference to Topham’s article, Ketamine costs £20.00 per gram, indeed it is halve the price of cocaine. She states, “But money doesn’t matter to the people at this party. The host, Max, 30, is a wealthy entrepreneur.

Max came by the drug by accident, he thought it was cocaine and he actually took too much. He remembers very little of the incident but woke up naked on his friends bathroom floor. He now takes the drug in smaller amounts and considers ‘it a party staple’.

He states, “‘People do really weird things that you couldn’t even imagine normally,’ he says. ‘Often, everyone gets involved in the same hallucination. Once, we suddenly all thought we were in the sea and started swimming”.

Moreover, ketamine is rarely used for humans precisely because of its serious side-effects. Terrifyingly, the most common is psychosis.
An American ketamine research scientist named John Lilly was driven insane by his obsessive consumption of the drug. He developed paranoid fantasies that a form of artificial intelligence was out to destroy humanity, and was confined to a psychiatric ward, where he died in 2001.

Furthermore, the potential of hurting yourself is increased as the user will not feel any pain. Evidence also states that ketamine alcohol should not be mixed.

Finally, regular use can lead to increased tolerance where you need more and more to get the same effect. Eventually it can lead to very serious mental health problems. People have lost touch with reality altogether as a result of this drug.

This is an absolutely terrifying drug with devastating consequences.

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