Partying Brits High on 'Special K' Horse Drug

Cheap ketamine pushing aside cocaine
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2009 3:17 AM CST
Revelers at England's 2008 Glastonbury music festival. Police confiscated twice as much ketamine there as in 2007.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Horse tranquilizer "Special K" or ketamine has become one of the most popular illegal drugs in Britain, pushing aside cocaine, according to a crime survey. Ketamine—which can be swallowed, snorted, injected and smoked—can cause respiratory failure, but its low cost and reputation for being "safe" and non-addictive encourages users to try increasingly large doses, reports the Independent.

"Coke is more expensive and it generally makes everyone very loud and aggressive," said a regular ketamine user. " Ket makes you feel anesthetised to your worries. Everything is euphoric." The drug has been linked to 23 deaths in the UK since 1993.