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Ketamine is a real knock-out drug – just 15 ml of it can floor a horse within a few seconds. Generally, that’s what it has been used for – as an anaesthetic for horses.

For some peculiar reason it’s also become very popular among young people, although in much smaller doses. Taken frequently over time it can lead to many psychological and physical problems, including loss of bladder control.

But maybe young people know something that non-users of ketamine don’t.

New research in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that ketamine is better than midazolam – sometimes used to treat anxiety – at reducing suicidal thoughts in depressed patients.

Picture source: Albert Demuyser