The war on ketamine
In a dispute that pits the war on drugs against global health needs — and one UN agency against another — a pair of Canadian researchers is spearheading a last-ditch bid to keep a widely used anesthetic from being declared an illicit narcotic.
The Chinese-led proposal to put ketamine on the international schedule of “psychotropic” substances — alongside the likes of LSD and mescaline — stems from its use as a club drug said to deliver hallucinogenic “cheap thrills.” But “scheduling” the medicine would also likely deprive most of the developing world of an inexpensive anesthetic employed in countless surgeries.
National Post (Canada)
Monday, March 9, 2015