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SHORT COMMENTARY | OPEN ACCESSDOI: 10.23937/ijda-2017/1710006

The Health Effects of the Abuse of Ketamine

William J Maloney*

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, New York Univeristy College of Dentistry, USA


Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic which is used in powdered or liquid form. A number of individuals have abused this drug or have been instrumental in others using this drug as a "date-rape" drug. Abuse of ketamine can result in a number of systemic manifestations including gastrointestinal issues, depression, and respiratory problems and amnesia. Serious debilitating urinary tract symptoms are also seen frequently in those individuals who abuse ketamine.