The evolving uses of the drug ketamine

October 20, 2022
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Demonstrators carry placards as they walk down Sable Boulevard during a rally and march over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Aurora, Colo. McClain died in late August 2019 after he was stopped while walking to his apartment by three Aurora Police Department officers.

Ketamine has been used by doctors as an anesthetic since 1970, yet it's received a lot of attention lately as a therapy for people with anxiety and depression. It's also been abused as a recreational drug and it's been widely talked about in the death of Elijah McClain. We speak with Dr. Andrew Monte, who's an emergency medicine and medical toxicology professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.