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The Advisory Council's report states that Ketamine should be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.



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Ketamine is synthetic drug that is commonly used in medical and veterinary practice. It is known as disassociative anaesthetic and is also used as a analgesic. The Advisory Council’s report sets out the following recommendations:

  • Ketamine should be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

  • Ketamine should be placed in Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act and in Schedule 4 Part 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

  • Coroners and Procurators Fiscal should be encouraged to consider more routine screening for Ketamine in cases of unexpected deaths and road traffic accidents

  • Ketamine should be included in the British Crime Survey in order to obtain more robust epidemiological data

Published 22 April 2004