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Hospitals battle with epidemic of party drug ketamine victims with weak bladders

By Balzafire, Oct 3, 2010 | | |
  1. Balzafire
    Doctors are reporting a huge rise in the number of young people being treated in hospital for the hidden effects of party drug ketamine.

    They say the number of young people developing bladder problems due to prolonged use of the drug has doubled in the past two years.

    Ketamine is widely used as an anaesthetic for horses but has become popular among night*clubbers in the past five years owing to its hallucinogenic effects.

    Known as K, Special K and ‘kiddie smack’, it is about half the price of cocaine and is categorised as a class C drug, which means that, legally, it is regarded less seriously than ecstasy or cannabis.

    Adrian Joyce, president of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and consultant urologist at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, said the toxic effect of ketamine was to markedly reduce bladder capacity.

    The first question he now asks patients in their early 20s who need treatment for bladder problems is whether they have ever taken ketamine.

    He said that until a few years ago it was rare for specialists to come across a case of a young person with bladder problems of this type. Now, he says, some ketamine users have needed the kind of bladder-stretching operations more commonly performed on people in their 60s.

    Because specialists see only the most severe cases, Mr Joyce believes it is likely that many more young people are storing up serious problems for later in life.

    He said: ‘The numbers are spiralling and for urologists to see people in this age group is very worrying indeed. The long-term consequences are serious, including the development of a small, contracted bladder and kidney failure – often irreversible – with the need for major reconstructive surgery to restore bladder capacity and to try to preserve kidney function.

    ‘This has major consequences for the rest of their lives and it is storing up a generation of problems.’

    According to the 2009/10 British Crime Survey, 1.7 per cent of people aged between 16 and 24 in England and Wales used ketamine last year. Ken Checinski, of the drug treatment charity Addaction, said: ‘There is anecdotal evidence that ketamine is becoming more widespread, particularly in the economic downturn.’

    In 2007, Professor David Nutt, who was last year sacked as chairman of the Government’s drug advisory panel, published research which ranked ketamine as more harmful than cannabis and ecstasy.

    A Home Office spokesman said there were no plans to reclassify ketamine.

    By Jo Macfarlane
    2nd October 2010


  1. Code9
    Seems that this is linked to prolonged and frequent use, which is generally bad for any substance.

    Quote above shows that they're spinning this as a 'tip of the iceberg' problem which is really nothing more than a wild guess. My BS detector went off when I read "Mr Joyce believes it is likely," which is a rhetorical device used to pass on information that hasn't been validated in any way.
  2. Balzafire
    My god man. It's an epidemic! The headline said so!
    Then in the next sentence it's a huge rise!
    Oh.... then in the next, it's doubled in the last two years!
    So three years ago they had a case. Then one more case in each of the next two years I guess.
    Oh, lordy!

  3. rxbandit
    The bladder thing was evident in Swirx's case, however 6 months of sobriety and theres no indication there was ever anything wrong with swirx.

    He suspects this permanent talk is just overhyped medical exaggeration, but perhaps swirx is wrong.
  4. mickey_bee
    Before I even looked at this page, having just read the headline, I KNEW this would be from The Daily F**king Mail, or one of the other tabloid toilet-rolls.

    To non-UK members, ANY article or information that comes from The Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Sun, The News of The World, or The Daily Star/The Star, (and any other tabloid), is to be regarded purely as comical material. These papers publish complete untruths on a regular basis, and at the very least, sauce up every article they print - they've been sued repeatedly for this. DO NOT TAKE THIS MATERIAL SERIOUSLY!
  5. Terrapinzflyer
  6. Balzafire
    Well said M_Bee, I may just quote you on that if I post any more of their articles.
  7. C.D.rose
    Well, one can't have it both ways though - other news articles portray Prof. David Nutt as the good guy (he even has his own tag here on DF) who wants to reform drug laws after the Labour approach failed. And seriously, from all I've read, ketamine is more dangerous than cannabis. And, even from just reading the ketamine forum, anyone can tell that there is something to ketamine-induced bladder problems.

    Not saying that the way it is presented in this article is accurate etc., but it's not 100% made up nonsense.
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