Is ketamine a party drug of choice?

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AN increase in the use of the party drug ketamine in Buckingham and Winslow has become a concern for police.

As part of a campaign targeting anti-social behaviour, called Not A Good Look, Buckingham police are trying to raise awareness of the dangers of using the drug, which is also known as Special K.

Commonly known as a horse tranquiliser, the Class C drug has become the party drug of choice for young people around the country, including the Buckingham and Winslow area.

Bucks-based charity Youngaddaction has also noticed a 100 per cent increase in clients having problems related to its use.

Some of the increase is a consequence of the police making arrests across Buckingham and Winslow and referring people to their service.

Buckingham Inspector, Emma Garside, said: “Possessing and supplying ketamine is illegal. Even if the risk of criminal prosecution doesn’t deter users, I want everyone to understand the significant, sometimes fatal, side effects of taking this drug and to ask themselves, is it really worth it?

“The police will respond to information from the community identifying people dealing drugs and do all we can to disrupt this criminal activity.”

Users of the drug are being urged to contact misuse services.