Police seize drug used as an animal anesthetic at concert

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) - A drug that police haven’t dealt with in years has resurfaced.  Ketamine was seized at a concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Ketamine used to be the life of the party for drug users at raves and underground gatherings.  “Seven or eight years ago, we were hearing about ketamine, special k, quite a bit. Not lately, it’s been a while,” explains Dan Duncan, Associate Executive Director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Maryland Heights police say they haven’t seen the drug at all in recent years, until a concert this summer at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Police caught 22 year-old Heather Chabloz and 18 year-old Kodey Skaggs with a small bag of ketamine, which police say the two planned to snort at the concert.  Now, both are charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

These charges were just filed, since toxicology testing took several months to complete.

Duncan says ketamine isn’t something you can pick up at a pharmacy. It’s an anesthetic most often used on animals.  He explains, “You’ll find it in veterinary clinics, and it’s really kind of a pre-anesthetic that’s given to calm an animal or person, before they’re given a full anesthetic…That’s why sometimes, when you hear about ketamine, it’s been stolen from a veterinary office. That’s not unusual.”

It’s unclear how it was obtained in this case.  If abused, the drug can cause hallucinations. It’s also been used as a date rape drug.

In extremely high doses, the anesthetic can be deadly.  But is ketamine a new trend?  “Hopefully it’s an isolated case. It remains to be seen,” says Duncan.

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