Before it became a recreational drug on the club scene, ketamine was, and still is, a common anesthetic. Now, a follow-up study on the drug here in Houston shows that it could be a lifeline for depression patients who haven't responded well to other treatments.
Earlier this week, NPR ran a series of reports on a study conducted in Houston that found ketamine might be highly effective in treating severe cases of depression. Ketamine is an animal tranquilizer. It's also a party drug known as "Special K". The lead doctor in the study says ketamine's potential ability to fight depression should not be tested at home.