Street Drug 'Special K' May Offer New Hope For People With Treatment-Resistant Depression

December 12, 2014 6:48 PM

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A hallucinogenic drug known on the street as "Special K" offers new hope to those suffering from severe, treatment-resistant depression.

Ketamine, which is derived from phencyclidine (PCP), already has a well-established medical use as a sedative or pain killer. But since 2000, small but high-quality studies have demonstrated its uses as a powerful and fast-acting treatment for major depression.

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