Before the notice of classification of ketamine under the Misuse of Drugs Act came, it was presumed that ketamine was a chemical agent used in cigarettes, which makes tobacco an illegal drug.
A few years back, Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament called for reorganizing the classification of alcohol and tobacco, as, together they account for 90% of all drug-related deaths in the UK. The research in the Lancet, the British Medical Journal in 2007 also mentioned that alcohol and tobacco were ranked among the top ten most dangerous substances posed to society, as it can cause both physical as well as social harm.
But, ketamine is far milder to tobacco and far less dangerous, but as ketamine is again reclassified as a controlled drug, doctors, DHBs, vets etc. will have to put it in restriction as well as maintain the record of its use.
Ketamine is also known as Special K and Vitamin K. Though not very widely use, but young people have started using it for recreational purpose, but there is no evidence for the same.
Moreover, ketamine is far less harmful in comparison to tobacco which kills more than 5,000 New Zealanders every year. Tobacco consumption leads to various types of cancers like that of a lung, bladder, mouth, pharyngeal, pancreatic, kidney, stomach, laryngeal, and esophageal cancer.
May 5, 2010