‘Special K’ party drug set to be trialled as treatment for alcoholics


BRITISH scientists are recruiting volunteers to test whether ketamine, also known as the party drug “Special K”, may be helpful in reducing relapse rates among people with severe alcoholism. Pilot studies showed ketamine combined with psychotherapy might make detoxing alcoholics less likely to relapse. Now scientists are looking for 96 volunteers with severe alcohol disorder who have been “recently abstinent”. Ketamine is a licensed medical drug, widely used as an anaesthetic and to relieve pain. But it is also used as a recreational drug and can lead some people into drug abuse. “Ketamine is a well-tolerated drug and can help…

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