St Helens make big statement against use of illegal drug ketamine

Saints Community Development Foundation are raising awareness about the negative effects of taking the illegal drug ketamine.

During the past few months there has been a significant change to drug use by young people.

The current worry is about the increased harmful use of ketamine (also known as k or ket).

Ketamine is a general anaesthetic that reduces sensations in the body, including the ability to feel pain – putting people at risk if they hurt or injure themselves as they won’t always be aware.

Regular ketamine use can cause agitation, panic attacks, damage to short and long-term memory and depression, if taken frequently.

Young people are presenting at GPs and A&E with abdominal complaints, with ketamine sometimes causing cause serious bladder, kidney and liver problems, which can be very painful.

Some of the damage caused may be irreversible, meaning long term health problems.

Street ketamine is usually sold as a white or beige crystalised powder and is sometimes cut with other powders to add weight and improve the dealer’s profits. It’s impossible to tell whether the ketamine you buy has been cut with other substances by looking at it.

There are also concerns about young people being at risk of exploitation and involved in the distribution and selling of drugs for criminal gangs.

Steve Leonard, Saints Community Development Foundation’s Director mentioned:

“The need for every person in our communities to get the message about the dangers of Ketamine is vital. Our own children are making decisions that could have catastrophic consequences on their future health. Lets help them all make the right decisions based on the knowledge we have of the dangers of Ketamine and all drugs.

“Lets kick Ketamine into touch.

“I would like to thank St Helens Council, Merseyside Police, YPDAAT and the Think F.A.S.T Academy run by former local professional boxer Martin Murray who has helped make this awareness impactful within our community.”

The club are working with partners Merseyside Police, St Helens Borough Council and YDPDAAT to help make a difference within their own communities.

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