Drug users will often find creative ways to get their hands on their substances. Some steal, or deal, and or beg money off of friends and loved ones. Others turn to different drugs that they can get their hands on, including veterinary drugs.
Ketamine is a veterinary drug that human users abuse. It is a powerful injectable anesthetic, most commonly used to sedate animals for surgery. Humans who abuse ketamine, also known as Special K, experience dreaminess, numbness, and hallucinations. In higher doses, ketamine depresses respiration and paralyzes the user. When coming off ketamine, users feel drowsy, and can experience confusion and pain. Dangers of using Special K include brain damage, psychological disorders, delusions, and memory problems.
The veterinary world uses a number of other medications that are used and abused by humans as well. There is some crossover in pharmaceuticals, so that drugs that are effective for treating human conditions are also safe and effective for animals. Some anti-seizure medications, antibiotics, and pain medications are used by both humans and animals.
Because of the fact that some human drugs are prescribed for animals, there is the potential for pet owners to obtain prescription medications from their vet for their own addiction. Just like human pharmacies that follow protocol and tracking methods to prevent the overprescribing of medications, veterinarians must now track all prescriptions. In states where universal prescription data systems are being implemented for pharmacies, most vet clinics must also log the prescriptions they fill. The goal of these databases is to prevent humans from acquiring prescription medications from various sources to feed their addiction.
Guarding Veterinary Drugs
As long as there is drug addiction in this world, those who are licensed to handle drugs will need to keep a careful eye on the medications. Vet clinics have been broken into by addicts looking for ketamine or prescription drugs to steal. Veterinarians must now be careful to keep these medications under lock and key, and to comply with tracking regulations in order to ensure the medications do not get into the wrong hands.