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High hopes & hype for experimental depression drug ketamine

Lauren Pestikas sits as she recieves an infusion of the drug Ketamine during a 45 minutes session at an outpatient clinic in Chicago, Pestikas struggled with depression and anxiety and

Lauren Pestikas sits as she recieves an infusion of the drug Ketamine during a 45 minutes session at an outpatient clinic in Chicago, Pestikas struggled with depression and anxiety and made several suicide attempts-AP

CHICAGO (AP) — It was launched decades ago as an anesthetic for animals and people, became a potent battlefield pain reliever in Vietnam and morphed into the trippy club drug Special K.

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Now the chameleon drug ketamine is finding new life as an unapproved treatment for depression and suicidal behavior. Clinics have opened around the United States promising instant relief with their “unique” doses of ketamine in IVs, sprays or pills. And desperate patients are shelling out thousands of dollars for treatment often not covered by health insurance, with scant evidence on long-term benefits and risks.

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