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…such as ketamine

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:424
  1. David Shewan,
  2. Phil Dalgarno,
  3. Leslie A King
  1. Lecturer in psychology Research associate Department of Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA
  2. Head Drugs Intelligence Laboratory, Forensic Science Service, Aldermaston, Reading RG7 4PN

    EDITOR,—There is increasing concern over the toxic1 and neurodegenerative2 effects of ecstasy, and further research is clearly required. Potential hazards can also, however, arise through use of tablets sold as ecstasy that contain substances other than ecstasy, such as ketamine. Ketamine is an anaesthetic agent with a rapid action that has medical and veterinary applications. Drug users who have taken ketamine illicitly say that it induces a profound change in consciousness, involving a feeling of …

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