Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride) is a white powder, usually sold in ‘bumps’ or grams. A ‘bump’ is a small amount of powder which is snorted through a small glass inhaler called a bumper. Ketamine can also be swallowed, smoked, or injected.
Ketamine is commonly used by veterinarians to sedate animals such as horses. As with all drugs sold in powder form, ketamine may also be sold ‘cut’ (mixed) with other white powder substances which may or may not be harmful- people using this drug can never be 100% sure of what they’re getting.
K Powdered Milk
A cocktail of narcotics known as “K powdered milk” is a mixture of extremely addictive drugs (e.g. ketamine, heroin and crystal methamphetamine or ice drug) combined with anti-anxiety or sleeping pills, “Rose” or clonazepam. All ingredients are all crushed up together resembling powdered milk for inhalation. The combination of these narcotic substances provides synergistic effects. Particularly heroin, the most dangerous illicit drug, can suddenly result in death from respiratory arrest (acute respiratory distress syndrome) due to overdose.
The Danger Of K Powdered Milk
After taking this narcotic drug cocktail, the body produces serious effects that include severe hallucinations, drowsiness, self-consciousness deficits, loss of coordination, blue lips and nasal bleeding. If overdosed, fatal consequence can be a respiratory arrest that eventually leads to a sudden death even during the first use. The death rate significantly increases if it is consumed in combination with alcohol beverages. Due to these life-threatening effects, K powdered milk has been currently linked to a number of deaths among drug users in Thailand. Although life rescuing can be provided in time, it becomes very difficult to resume a fully normal life for the users.
Illicit narcotic cocktails such as K powdered milk are highly addictive and they pose serious risks. Nonetheless, the effects widely vary among different users. The severity and symptoms are dependent on the consumption amount, consumption time and the type of taken substances. For instance, heroin substantially suppresses the respiratory function, ketamine and methamphetamine induce fatal heart failure and/or acute myocardial infarction while sleeping pills synergize the effect on respiratory insufficiency and consciousness impairment. More importantly, health’s impact and severity significantly hinge upon individual conditions of each user.
What are the effects of Ketamine?
If snorted or ‘bumped’, ketamine takes effect within 5-10 minutes (longer if swallowed). Its effects can last for a couple of hours.
The effects of ketamine vary, but may include:
|Increased heart rate and body temperature||Dependence (see glossary)|
|Drowsiness||Problems with memory, attention, and decision making|
|Feeling of euphoria (a ‘high’)||Mental health problems|
|Loss of coordination||Ulcerative cystitis – symptoms include frequent and painful urination, cramps and involuntary urination.|
|Slurred speech||Intense abdominal pains known as ‘K-cramps’|
|Feeling dizzy or faint||Kidney problems|
|Confusion and disorientation|
|Numbness and a feeling of paralysis|
|Nausea and vomiting|
|Anxiety and panic attacks|
|Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there)|
|Paranoia (feeling extremely suspicious and frightened)|
|Psychosis (see glossary)|
|An experience known as the ‘K-hole’ which is the feeling of being trapped in a state of detachment. This can be frightening|