Calvin Klein has now achieved new notoriety in the drug world. CK-Calvin Klein is the name for a new polydrug which is a combination of cocaine and ketamine. CK is popular around the world, including major cities like London and New York.

Users of CK experience a similar high to the feelings from the drug Molly of the 60s and 70s. Usually snorted, users suggest that this mixture produces powerful euphoria and hallucinogenic feelings. Both cocaine and ketamine are dangerous on their own, but when taken together, they can cause deadly conditions.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful, highly addictive drug. Cocaine increases alertness, attention, and energy. Derived from the coca plant, cocaine comes in different forms, most commonly a fine, white powder, though it can also be made into a solid crystal.

The psychoactive and addictive properties of cocaine come from the way it acts on the brain’s limbic system, which regulates pleasure and motivation. A build-up of dopamine leads not only to pleasure, intense happiness, and euphoria but also lack of control, anger, irritability, and compulsive responses.

The brain is highly adaptive to cocaine, which means that a stronger and stronger dose will be needed to produce the same high. This leads to addiction and/or overdose. These stronger and more frequent doses change the brain’s chemistry, causing dependency, which makes it hard to think and sleep, slows reaction time, and increases risks for physical side effects.

What Is Ketamine & What Are Its After Effects?

Ketamine is traditionally used by veterinarians as a sedative, or more recently, by clinicians in controlled doses to treat severe depression. It has a dissociative effect, meaning that it makes users feel detached from reality.

When consumed illegally, users can achieve a hallucinogenic effect. The difference between a mild trip and rendering your body incapacitated only takes an extra dip or two in the baggies of white powder it’s sold as.

While ketamine certainly has the potential to help people, as does any drug theoretically, studies on its benefits are few and far between. No surprise, considering healthcare professionals are so busy trying to keep up with finding ways to help those suffering from addiction first.

What Makes Mixing Cocaine with Ketamine Attractive?

Cocaine acts as a stimulant, and in conjunction with other substances, it can enhance their effects. With Ketamine specifically, consumers aim to enter an enlightened state of consciousness, comparable to taking Molly or MDMA. However, considering the unreliable dosing of the two, mixing these drugs can be incredibly lethal.

Cocaine Overdose Deaths Jumped

From 2013 to 2018, a report formulated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detailed that “cocaine deaths rose by about 27%.” According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 1.9 million (0.8% of the population aged 18 and older) are current cocaine users, meaning they used the drug within the past month, mostly in its powder form. The Global Drug Survey reveals that most respondents who acknowledged having used cocaine admitted to using it between 2 and 20 times in the previous year.

These statistics also showed that use of cocaine in any form affects all races and genders and frequently crosses socio-economic lines. Age is no barrier, either. A recent report in London indicated the people of 60 years of age were using cocaine with increasing frequency.

This is a widespread problem that affects all of us.

Research into the reason for the rise in cocaine overdose deaths point toward the surge in cheaper, less refined cocaine. It has recently been found laced with fentanyl, as well.

Pat Aussem, associate vice president of Partnership to End Addiction stated, “with its increase in purity and decrease in price; cocaine can be a less expensive alternative to prescription stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall.”

Can You Help Someone Addicted to Cocaine and Ketamine?

Yes, you can help someone who is addicted to Cocaine and Ketamine any mind-altering substances, So many times, it’s hard for families to see their loved one struggling. Denial as I have written about in my b  ook Addiction in the Family: Helping Families Navigate Challenges, Emotions and Recovery

Individuals suffering from addiction can retaliate with denial and anger when confronted with its effects, yet there is always a way to with compassion.

If you know someone experiencing a substance use or process disorder, chronic pain, or mental health problems, contact me to discuss the best path forward. Whether it’s an intervention or family coaching, we can help you start your loved one on the path to real healing.