Ketamine is used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as horses, but people have been using the drug to get high. The Doctors discuss the dangers of abusing ketamine.
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Dangers of Ketamine Abuse Dr. Travis Stork: Ketamine is used for operative procedures but it shouldn’t be use for-- Dr. Drew Ordon: Ketamine, it started as a veterinary for horses as you saw on those pictures and just to make a point this horse was going through a routine operation and nothing more than that. But think about it these people are using an agent that was created, a general anesthetic agent to be use on animals. Dr. Lisa Masterson: But use incorrectly and then -- Dr. Drew Ordon: When it does it’s called the associative Anastasia meaning that it certain pathways in the brain or affected. It separates your brain, it’s use it sort of you can’t feel the pain. On the street it’s called either special K or vitamin K, the powder that you see that they're using in that picture. And I mentioned that it interrupts those pathways of the brains but the big issue is you have no idea how much of this, that you're getting, it’s addictive, you hallucinate on this medication specially in higher doses and lower doses, it’s suppose to give you euphoria and make you feel high but at what price? Dr. Jim Sears: Yeah, even in the hospital it’s a difficult medicine to use, you know there could be problems and so trying to use that on the streets, forget it. I mean some of the -- I think you mention, high blood pressure. It also kind knocks you out so if you're using it you're going to be vulnerable to sexual assault, impaired judgment, hallucinations and probably with the worst one is, you can lose the ability to breathe. Dr. Travis Stork: So if you take a little bit too much, you're instantaneously going to stop breathing and there's not some magical quick reversal. If there is not a paramedic there or doctor to help you, so what you going to do Jim? Dr. Jim Sears: You got to get undressed, now this is my latest t-shirt Ketamine just say neigh. Dr. Travis Stork: I love it. Dr. Jim Sears: This is the message out there. Dr. Travis Stork: Halleluiah. Dr. Jim Sears: This is pretty cool, brand Fly53, they created these t-shirts so get the message out there. Dr. Lisa Masterson: How well is that, Just say neigh.