Ketamine Harm Reduction
Despite often being described as a drug that you either love or hate, it is unrealistic to believe that everyone is just going to say no to ketamine. It’s for this reason that the development of effective harm reduction strategies relating to ketamine use is important.
I recently had the great pleasure of attending the HIT Hot Topics conference in Liverpool. Amongst the array of great speakers was Mat Southwell, an international drug user activist and founding partner of the Gold Standard Team. Mat presented K-Check a tool that can be utilised to screen for potential harms relating to ketamine use and that also provides a checklist of appropriate harm reduction interventions/strategies. He followed up the conference with a series of tweets providing harm reduction tips for people who use ketamine, which with Mat’s permission, I have reproduced below.
10 harm reduction tips for people who use ketamine
Ket HR Tip 1: Snorters – grind crystal with pestal & morter – cooking up degrades quality & adds bacteria
Ket HR Tip 2: Injectors should disolve crystal directly in water in spoon. IM gives gentler onset
Ket HR Tp 3: Ket doses usually a quarter of cocaine doses. Use scales (0.000) to regulate your dose
Ket HR Tip 4: High doses & no breaks = high tolerance = high cost, poor effect & risk of dependency
Ket HR Tip 5: High dose frequent using & not drinking water during & after ket use = risks fucked bladder
Ket HR Tip 6: Short term memory loss = barrier to dose mgt. Egg timer helps regulate breaks between doses.
Ket HR Tip 7: Pissing very frequently blood in urine or bladder pain – seek medical help & stop ket use
Ket HR Tip 8: Chronic bladder damage = life changing & requires full abstinence. Seek help early
Ket HR Tip 9: Someone in k-hole – keep airways open & space safe. Let them come round in their own time
Ket HR Tip 10: Ket called wobble for a reason. Move hard or sharp objects out of your using space
To check out Mat’s conference presentation along with the other presentations made to the conference go to HIT Hot Topics Conference 2012