Club Drug 'Special K' Could Treat Depression
Study suggests drug for physical pain could treat psychological pain too
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 21, 2013 10:56 AM CDT
A vial of ketamine   (Wikimedia/Psychonaut)

(Newser) – Doctors use it as an anesthetic and ravers use it to hallucinate, but a new study indicates that ketamine might have another trick up its sleeve: treating depression. A new study found that the drug the kids call "Special K" is effective at treating major depression compared to an active placebo, LiveScience reports.

While past studies had suggested that might be the case, the drug's mind-altering properties made it tough to test against a placebo; it was pretty obvious when you'd gotten the real deal. So the new study gave half of its participants ketamine, and the other half midazolam, a similar anesthetic not tied to depression improvement. Two-thirds of the ketamine group saw their symptoms improve immediately, with the effect lasting for a full week, compared to one third of the midazolam group. It's worth noting, however, that the findings have not yet been verified by a peer-reviewed journal.

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hasmit
May 23, 2013 11:09 PM CDT
Compared to an "active placebo". Really? I guess placebos aren't what they used to be, huh?
Imhotep
May 22, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
Another example of how the Government and the drug companies are working together to keep a very large segment of the population anesthetized. They have no idea what the long term effects of these drugs can be. The repercussions could be deadly. You can add the AMA to the list that will benefit. They will make huge amounts of money since you will need a prescription as well as recurring visits along with the kick back from the drug companies for signing up a new victim. They are going to put people into a semi comotose state using an addictive drug starting when their children. They will be this way for the rest of their lives. The drug campanies regulate price. The writing is on the wall. The tallest buildings in your city will be owned by drug and insurance companies. Complacent over the fact that they are surrounded by a world of complacent Zombies. This is not science fiction. This is the future.
Rational.-Anarchist
May 21, 2013 11:37 PM CDT
That shit turns you into a mindless, drooling vegetable. If that's a cure for depression, so is dying! Pot works much better, & is a lot more fun!