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  • Context (IE): Popular sitcom “Friends” actor Matthew Perry died from the acute effects of ketamine.
  • Ketamine is an anaesthetic listed as a hallucinogen by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
  • It is used for treating mental illnesses in conventional therapy-resistant patients.
  • It is also used as a recreational drug.
  • Concerns: Bladder damage, cognitive impairment, addiction, and worsening of psychiatric conditions.

Recreational Drug

  • A recreational drug is any drug that is used for inducing pleasure or alter one’s state of mind.
  • They can be legal or illegal. Their types include:
    • Stimulants: Increase alertness and energy. E.g., cocaine, methamphetamine, and caffeine.
    • Depressants: Produce a calming effect. E.g., alcohol, marijuana, and benzodiazepines.
    • Hallucinogens: Produce hallucinations.E.g., LSD, psilocybin, and DMT.
  • Concerns: addiction, overdose, mental health problems, and social problems (like unemployment and crime).
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