Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs – Research Report Series

This publication summarizes current knowledge about rates of use, methods of action, effects, and acute and long-term dangers of two important classes of drugs of abuse. Hallucinogenic drugs, which include LSD and mescaline, act on the serotonin system to produce profound distortions of the user’s sense of reality. The dissociative drugs include the anesthetic agents PCP and ketamine and the cough suppressant dextromethorphan, all of which cause feelings of separation from the body. Ketamine use has increased thiwt in recent years; in addition to its conscious abuse, it has also been given to unsuspecting victims to incapacitate them for sexual assaults.

Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse(NIDA), NIH Publication. March 2001.

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