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Illustrative image with text: Ketamine know the signs: Parents in Knowsley are being urged to know what the signs of ketamine use are so that they are able to help a young people to access support. These include: Severe confusion Paranoia Nausea Vomiting Loss of sensory percept Loss of coordination/control of the body Stomach cramps Pain and/or bleeding when urinating.

Parents urged to know the signs of Ketamine use

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the growing use of the drug ‘ketamine’ amongst its younger population.

Ketamine is a dangerous drug that more and more young people across the borough are using without knowing the potential damage it can cause.

The problem is not unique to Knowsley, with Drug and Alcohol treatment services across the country have seen an increase in ketamine use in recent years, particularly in relation to children and young people using ketamine.

In the short term, ketamine use can result in disorientation, confusion, and loss of motor coordination, this can result in the user putting themselves in increasingly dangerous situations. The drug is also an aesthetic meaning an accidental injury can go unnoticed and untreated.

Longer term use can result in irreversible bladder damage and other lifelong problems.

Parents in Knowsley are being urged to know what the signs of ketamine use are so that they are able to help a young people to access support. These include:

  • Severe confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of sensory percept
  • Loss of coordination/control of the body
  • Stomach cramps
  • Pain and/or bleeding when urinating

If parents are worried about a child’s drug use, there is advice and support available on how to approach the situation with them via talktofrank.com

In Knowsley, drug support services are available for anyone aged 10+ and can be accessed via Change Grow Live. Visit www.changegrowlive.org/integrated-recovery-service-knowsley.