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Wondering what the laws are around using ketamine?

Ketamine is used in some medical and veterinarian practices and comes under the Medicines Act in New Zealand. This means that people like doctors can use this drug for medical purposes like surgeries. For non-medical purposes ketamine is considered a ‘Class C Drug’ in the Misuse of Drugs Act. This means that possessing these drugs, buying them, selling them, making them, importing them, or giving them to others is against the law.

You can also be trouble with the law if you are found to be ‘impaired’ by ketamine while driving.

To find out more about the law around legal and controlled drugs, including ketamine, see Drugs and the law.

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