Ketamine Adella Malbrough

Drug Information

Street names: Special K, K, Cat, Valium, super C

Chemical Formulas and names: C13H16CINO; Ketamine, Ketaject, ketalar, CI 581 base, CLSTA 20

Drug class: hallucinogen

Forms it may come in: fine white powder, liquid, crystal form

Medical and Legal

Dependence: difficulty remaining abstinent for long periods of time, depression, anxiety, withdrawal symptoms: chills, cravings, tiredness, nightmares, depression, sweating, anxiety, dilated pupils, stiff muscles, involuntary eye movements

Long term symptoms: hard for the user to tell if they have been injured, resulting in hurting themselves, severe abdominal pain when drug has worn off, thickening of the bladder and urinary track, some addicts have their bladders removed, kidney problems

Treatment: Supervised medical detox in ketamine rehab centers, either inpatient centers or outpatient centers, therapy will be provided as part of the treatment

Schedule of classification: Schedule IIIN non-narcotics

Legal ramifications: imprisonment for up to five years and or a fine of up to $250,000 for one person or up to $1 million for more than one person in possession of the drug

Forensic Aspects

Symptoms visible in a user: unusual mellowness, perception of color/ sound changes, disassociation with body or identity, agitation, depression, difficulty thinking or learning, nausea, dilated pupils, involuntary muscle movements, amnesia, slowed breathing, increased blood pressure that slowly drops, hallucinations, delirium

Ways to identify drug on scene: The suspect 's state of mind, injection points on body, change in blood pressure, test for residue on any resent drinks, comes in crystals, tablets, liquid form, look for pill/tablets and bottles

Field tests: blood samples, urine samples, one is the Jant's Urine test kit, and saliva samples, one being the Accutest EZ split key cup; thermometer sized sponge kept in suspects mouth for three minutes, ten minutes later one of two lines show a positive or negative result or if it was a sufficient sample. Absence of a line means a positive result


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