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DanceSafe.org : Raves and Club Drugs in the News : Philippines: Date-Rape Drug Classified As 'Dangerous' Drug
Pubdate: Mon, 19 Sep 2005
Source: Philippine Star (Philippines)
Copyright: PhilSTAR Daily Inc. 2005
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Author: Mike Frialde
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DATE-RAPE DRUG CLASSIFIED AS 'DANGEROUS' DRUG

Ketamine, which is becoming increasingly popular as a party drug among young Filipinos, has been classified as a "dangerous" substance by the Dangerous Drugs Board ( DDB ), Cebu Rep.  Eduardo Gullas said yesterday. 

Gullas said his office has received a copy of DDB Regulation No.  5, which reclassified ketamine from a "classified" substance to a "dangerous" drug.  The DDB order will take effect on Oct.  1, he said. 

"We welcome the new DDB order as a timely and responsive policy intervention, in light of the numerous reports concerning the widespread use of ketamine in rave parties and dance clubs, just like the designer drug ecstasy," he said. 

According to Gullas, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA ) classifies ketamine as a "date-rape drug" because it produces a dose-related progression of effects from dreamy intoxication to delirium, accompanied by the inability to move, feel pain or remember what has occurred while under the drug's influence. 

The US DEA, which classified ketamine as a controlled substance in 1999, said ketamine has the same potential as a date-rape drug as flunitrazepam, otherwise known as Rohypnol or roofies, and gamma-hydroxybutyrate.  All three drugs can be surreptitiously mixed into a victim's drink. 

Ketamine - also known as "jet," "special K," "green K," and "cat valium," - comes either as a clear liquid that can be injected or mixed with drinks or as a powder that can be smoked.  Liquid ketamine is sold from P1,000 to P5,000 per vial, Gullas said. 

At higher doses, a user may feel like he is floating away from his body.  This sensation is often referred to as entering a "K-hole" and has been compared to a near-death experience. 

Gullas said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency found that some clandestine laboratories have begun mixing methamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu" with ketamine to produce a designer drug which combines the effect of a stimulant with a hallucinogenic sedative. 

Last May, police seized some 6.8 kilos of ketamine worth P34 million from a clandestine shabu laboratory in Quezon City.  Gullas said that based on police reports, the laboratory was producing shabu laced with ketamine for export to Hong Kong. 

Gullas said that once the DDB order takes effect, the importation, distribution, sale and prescription of ketamine will be rigorously restricted and supervised by the agency.  Only veterinarians with special licenses may prescribe ketamine in monitored and controlled dosages. 

He said that so far, the only known black market source for ketamine is from the illegal diversion of supplies from manufacturers, distributors and veterinary clinics. 




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