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Ketamine thieves target vet offices

Illicit demand for Special K, one of the street nicknames for the drug ketamine, has fueled a rise in area veterinarian office break-ins during the past year.The most recent report of such a theft was from Antlers Veterinary Hospital, a clinic located between Rifle and Silt, on May 21. “There were a series of (thefts) last year,” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said.Vallario said the drug is used as a downer and is sometimes used as a date-rape drug. “Antlers has been burglarized three or four times over that past year,” Vallario said. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, ketamine has become a staple at rave parties.”It produces a dose-related progression of effects from a state of dreamy intoxication to delirium accompanied by the inability to move, feel pain or remember what has occurred while under the drug’s influence,” the DEA’s Web site said. When used legally, ketamine is intended for use as an anesthetic in people and animals. Nineteen states have regulated ketamine. On August 12, 1999, it became a Schedule III substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, the DEA Web site said.Commonly snorted like cocaine or injected intramuscularly, “Special K” produces a trip that is touted as better than that of LSD or PCP because it lasts only 30 to 60 minutes as opposed to several hours, the DEA Web site said.Vallario figures Antlers has been targeted more than other vet clinics because of its location. “It’s kind of rural and it’s dark; it’s more agricultural,” he said. In the latest Antlers burglary, not much ketamine was taken. “Very little was taken because they don’t store it there anymore,” he said. In addition to taking a small amount of ketamine, the burglars also took $80 in cash and some framed pictures from the vet clinic’s walls, Vallario said.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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