Ketamine as a street drug

Emerg Med Serv. 2001 Nov;30(11):30, 32, 34 passim.

Abstract

The excellent safety profile of ketamine has made it the drug of choice for both pediatric sedation and much veterinary medicine. Fortunately, this safety record also means that few patients who deliberately overdose during recreational use will have substantial morbidity or mortality. Most morbidity and mortality will occur from accidents during the induced dysphoric state. Since vomiting occurs with high doses, aspiration is a distinct possibility in the deeply comatose patient.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anesthetics, Dissociative / administration & dosage*
  • Anesthetics, Dissociative / adverse effects
  • Anesthetics, Dissociative / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Child
  • Drug Overdose
  • Emergency Treatment
  • Humans
  • Illicit Drugs* / adverse effects
  • Illicit Drugs* / pharmacology
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Ketamine / administration & dosage*
  • Ketamine / adverse effects
  • Ketamine / pharmacology
  • Pediatrics
  • Phencyclidine Abuse
  • Veterinary Medicine

Substances

  • Anesthetics, Dissociative
  • Illicit Drugs
  • Ketamine