Drugs, Inc: Ketamine

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Published on 1st February 2016 by

Ketamine is the fifth episode of the second series of the popular National Geographic documentary series Drugs, Inc. Ketamine was originally developed for use on a battlefield as an anesthetic, it was subsequently used in high doses as a tranquilizer for race horses.

The filmmakers tell how the drug works and meets with some recreational users of the drug including a hippy girl who injects the drug rather than snorting it as would be the typical method of consumption. The film also discusses the drugs use as a party drug, pointing out that the price of Ketamine is much cheaper than other popular stimulants such as cocaine.

While most users will consume ketamine recreationally, the film shows how the substance is psychologically addictive and we meet a Toronto man named Chris who is seriously addicted to the drug. He starts consuming Ketamine immediately after waking in the morning and consumes $100 worth of the drug per day. He also injects the drug.

In the second half of the episode we are taken on a journey to India where much of the production of ketamine takes place in Mumbai before it is trafficked through the country to Chennai on the east coast, and subsequently to lucrative markets in eastern Asia.

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