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Letters Ketamine for suicidal ideation

Ketamine for suicidal ideation: heed lessons from opiate epidemic

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 08 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o597
  1. Eugene Breen, psychiatrist, associate clinical professor
  1. Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  1. breen.eugene{at}

The use of ketamine in mental health is controversial. Psychiatry does not need to do harm to patients in the way the widespread prescription of opiates in US has done.

This study by Abbar and colleagues shows that the use of ketamine reduces suicidal thoughts, although not suicide …

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