Worldwide access to ketamine for medical and veterinary use is on the line again. The 59th UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is imminent (14 – 22 March 2016, Vienna) and is likely to reconsider a proposal that ketamine be placed under international scheduling, a move which would effectively prevent access to it for those who most need it. Ketamine’s value as an essential medicine is unknown to many and the proposal for international control stems by and large on the widespread misconception that ketamine is just a recreational drug. We veterinarians need to ensure that global perception of ketamine is indeed as a medicine; its place as a recreational drug pales into insignificance.
Read more about the reclassification of ketamine here.