December 20, 2010
There are shocking revelations in The Sun today. As part of a twisted medical experiment, University students have been paid £250 each to be injected with ketamine.
After being administered the drug, they would then be interrogated as to whether a fake, rubber hand was actually their own.
However, this cruel mind game was only the beginning.
One victim of this evil experiment was deliberately separated from her body so that she couldn’t even find her way to the bathroom.
“After they increased the dose I began to hallucinate. It made me feel scared.
“It felt like the bed was floating up and I felt very disorientated. I couldn’t find my way to the bathroom. “
Experts in the drug world such as John Mitchell, spokesman for Rehab Guide, have called the experiment a “dangerous [board] game”.
Prof Fletcher and PhD student Hannah Morgan – who both carried out the horrific study – dismiss this, saying that the experiment was not an “unacceptable risk”.
Read the article here:
August 21, 2010
There’s been a lot in the press recently about a new study from researchers at Yale University. It has described the potential of ketamine to be used as an anti-depressant.
In an issue of the journal Science, they claim a single, low dose can begin to work within hours and last for up to 10 days.
This compares favourably to traditional anti-depressants that can takes weeks or even longer to have an effect.
What’s more, The National Institute of Mental Health has found in a separate study that 70 percent of patients who do not respond to traditional anti-depressants were found to benefit from a dose of ketamine.
While this is interesting stuff, I urge caution to anyone thinking that picking up some K might be the cure to all their problems!
If you’re interested in the science, you can read the paper here:
July 31, 2010
I just wanted to post and say that this site is not abandoned!
I plan on going through everything soon and updating as required. I’ll also keep the blogging side up to date with the latest news and information.
If you have any ideas or something to contribute, please get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 7, 2010
The Bristol Evening Post reports that Caleb Morris, 28, committed suicide last January. His mother believes his mental decline was caused by his use of ketamine.
According to the Evening Post, Caleb “…had turned to the drug in an effort to deal with the frustration he felt because of his battle with epilepsy.”
They quote his mother as saying: “Bristol has a ketamine problem and it needs to be addressed. I do not want Caleb to have died in vain – I will campaign to make it a class A drug.”
While the urge to try and help people who take ketamine is honourable, sadly I believe making it a Class A drug will be counter-productive. I don’t think it will have an effect on the number of people who use it, or the number of people who go on to experience serious problems from their use.
Rather than further criminalising people, a treatment based approach could help to break cycles of use and address underlying issues that may cause people to use problematically.
February 22, 2010
There’s a ketamine workshop in Bristol this month on Friday the 26th, starting at 2pm.
It’s to be held at the Bristol Drugs Project, Brunswick Square, BS2 8PE.
tel: 0117 987 6000
fax: 0117 987 1900
February 16, 2010
I posted back in December about South Korean pop singer ‘Shion’ who was arrested for possession of just 0.003 grams of ketamine.
Yesterday she was probably relieved to only be given a suspended sentence.
The 26-year-old singer, real name Pak Yuka, was given a 1-year prison sentence, suspended for three years, for using the drug. Judge Masaaki Sugiyama said he hoped that she “will regain her place in society.”
According to testimony given in court, Shion had been experiencing health problems with her throat, negatively affecting her singing voice. Worried about the possibility of her career ending, she started using the drug in response to her anxiety. It appears that she even considered suicide after the release of her third album in October.
February 13, 2010
There have been a couple of articles on the Bristol Evening Post website this month about seizures of ketamine.
On the 5th they reported that tip-offs from the local community had resulted in various drug raids. There were many seizures including “2kg of ketamine in south Bristol worth £80,000”.
The second article was on the 9th and was about a man who was caught importing “£30,000 worth of ketamine from India” after police set up an undercover sting operation posing as Royal Mail workers. The amount seized was 500g.
Now, unless the price of ketamine has sky-rocketed in the past month, the Evening Post are the ones that are wrong here.
In the first article the street price per gram would be £40 and in the second, £60.
Compare these fictional, media prices to real world prices of somewhere between £10 and £20 a gram in Bristol.
If measured in bulk prices, because 500g or 2kg are large amounts, the cost per gram would be even lower.
I know the media inflating the price of drugs seized is nothing new, but wanted to point it out.
It’s funny how when they fancy running a ‘look how cheap drugs are now-a-days’ story they are able to work out completely different figures.
February 7, 2010
An Indian national has been sentenced to death by hanging for smuggling25kg of ketamine through Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysia.
He was caught back in July, 2008 and denied knowing the drugs were in his bag.
In Malaysia, the death sentence is mandatory if found guilty of smugglingmost illegal drugs.
If even such extreme measures fail to stop the trafficking of drugs then how can the ‘war’ ever be won?
January 16, 2010
Prof David Nutt has held a press conference introducing the new Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs.
It was decided to change the name from The Independent Council on Drug Harms, so they could focus on other areas and not be “constrained by the issue of harms”.
One of the work programmes announced was to look at ketamine, as there is concern about the long-term side effects of the drug. See our ketamine information links!
Prof Nutt has said “…ketamine may be more dangerous than amphetamines – maybe it shouldn’t be class C”.
There are edited highlights of the conference (held at the Science Media Centre, London) in the video below.
January 7, 2010
Professor David Nutt is founding a new independent group with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Called The Independent Council on Drug Harms, it is due to be launched at a meeting next week.
While five members of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs are to join, it is not going to replace the ACMD – which is a statutory requirement under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Prof Nutt states that the new group is going to:
- produce a new harm assessment tool which we will be taken out into the public domain.
- produce a set of guidelines for the public on relative harms of drugs compared with other harm.
- produce a definitive guidance on so called legal highs, such as methadrone.
You can watch a webcast of Prof Nutt explaining details here:
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
BBC News article