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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