Danger warning over vet’s drug

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DRUG workers will be warning of the dangers of ketamine this week in a series of events aimed at young people.

Substance misuse officers and mental health team staff will be looking for young people to talk to in Barnsley town centre, outside the town’s transport interchange and at Barnsley College.

The aim is to warn them of the long-term health consequences of taking the drug - an anaesthetic used in veterinary medicine.

Addaction Harm Reduction says Ketamine can cause serious bladder damage, including ulcerative cystitis, and claims a number of young people have already been treated at Barnsley Hospital for bladder damage caused by using the drug.

The charity warns the drug can also have a serious impact on mental health.

James Pierce, of Addaction, said; “We know many of those who use ketamine are unaware of the long-term consequences to their health.

“The campaign aims to increase awareness of health implications of using ketamine and the dangers and risk of legal versions of the drug available on the internet.

“Just because a drug is legal doesn’t mean that it is safe.”

The campaign, funded by NHS Barnsley, has been developed by the Barnsley Drug and Alcohol Action Team with Addaction.