Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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Ketamine

Slang terms

Special K, K, vitamin K, cat valiums, ket

Active ingredient

Methadone

Source

Semisynthetic

Pharmacological classification

Analgesic

Medical use

Anesthetic purpose (90% sold for veterinary use)

Abuse form

Powder or liquid

Usage method

Snorted, smoked, or injected intramuscularly

Combinations

Often snorted or smoked with marijuana or tobacco products; with alcohol

Effects sought

Euphoria (causes dream-like states and hallucinations); has been used in rape

Adverse effects

Delirium, amnesia, impaired memory, impaired motor function, hypertension, depression, respiratory failure, and heart failure

Detectable in urine

Yes

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