Developed in 1963, Ketamine is known as a dissociative anesthetic. It was designed to replace PCP for human and veterinary anesthesia purposes. Ketamine is often diverted away from veterinary offices and sold on the street where it can be acquired illegally and taken for euphoric effects. Ketamine is most commonly swallowed or snorted, though it can also be injected. It is tasteless and odorless. Ketamine is not a commonly abused drug among teenagers and children, but this does not mean that your children are safe from the hold that this drug can have on them. It is important that you understand, as a parent, what you need to look for in order to spot a Ketamine addiction in your child so that you can stop it from becoming worse. As a parent, you are responsible for helping to keep your child drug free, because children are apt to making poor decisions and need guidance from their elders.
Ketamine is manufactured as a clear liquid that is meant to be injected, but the most common way that it is abused is to use its evaporated form which involves a white powder. The white Ketamine powder can be snorted or it can be compressed into a pill form. Because of the way that it looks, Ketamine is often mistaken for being cocaine or crystal meth as both of these drugs also have a crystal powder form. On the street, it is becoming increasingly common for people to sell Ketamine passing it off as ecstasy or MDMA, and Ketamine is often mixed in with other substances including caffeine and ephedrine so the high produced by the drug can actually vary significantly depending on who is selling it.
The effect that Ketamine produces is similar in nature to the effect of PCP. With Ketamine, however, the effect tends to be less potent and it generally lasts for a shorter period of time. A high from Ketamine is generally only going to last for a single hour, though some users report experiencing highs that can last between four and six hours. Psychedelic effects are the most common effects of a Ketamine high, and so your child, if in your presence while high on Ketamine, is going to look euphoric or stoned. This is a good indicator that there is a drug abuse problem at fault. If your child begins acting very strange, they may be having a bad Ketamine trip. Bad Ketamine trips result in sensory detachment that is not unlike a near death experience. This type of trip is so bad that it is regarded as “K-hole.”
When a teenager begins to abuse a drug or another substance like Ketamine, one of the first things that is going to happen is that their behavior is going to change. Your teen may suddenly begin to act more secretive than before, for example. You may catch them lying about things, even very silly things. They may no longer allow you to enter into their bedroom, or they may seem to be keeping things from you or keeping secrets.
These are all indicators that something serious is going on, though it may not necessarily be a drug abuse problem. If you notice any of these types of behaviors occurring, then the best thing that you can do is to start to pay more attention than before so that you can analyze what is going on and find the right way to help your child.
The way that you can achieve this is by working with a local drug rehab facility, one that specializes in children and teens who are dealing with addiction. When you work with an addiction intervention specialist, then they will be able to provide you with help getting your teen into the right rehab program once and for all. Your child can overcome their addiction and become healthy and sober again, but it is up to you to help them get to that place through love, understanding and guidance.