Ketamine casualties increase

Medical experts are warning of a huge rise in the numbers of young people hospitalised after taking the drug ketamine. In Bristol the number of cases has gone up by more than 90% in a year.

Warnings about the use of the drug Ketamine

by Robert Murphy

A surgeon is warning of the dangers of a drug - that children as young as 13 are using. Ketamine is actually a tranquilser for large animals like horses. But it's more recently become the drug of choice for young people.

Health experts say many users simply don't understand the long-term health problems. Some teenagers have had their bladders removed after taking the drug. This report begins with an interview with two former users who want to remain anonymous

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Ketamine and its long-term health problems

Fresh warnings are being made about the drug Ketamine. For years the horse tranquiliser has been used by nightclubbers to experience a hypnotic trance-like state.

But doctors are saying many users don't understand the long-term health problems it causes.

Some teenagers have had to have their bladders removed after taking the drug.

Robert Murphy's report begins with an interview with two former users who wanted to remain anonymous:

Huge rise in Ketamine casualties in Bristol

Hospitalisation due to Ketamine is up 90 per cent. Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Medical experts are warning of a huge rise in the numbers of young people hospitalised after taking the drug ketamine.

In Bristol the number of cases has gone up by more than 90 per cent in a year. One surgeon has had to operate on three casualties.