Matthew Perry Died Due To ‘Effects Of Ketamine’; Understanding What This Drug Is And When It Is Used

Matthew Perry died on Saturday, October 28.

The autopsy report of Matthew Perry’s death has stirred up a massive conversation on the usage of a certain recreational drug and the effect it has on the human body

On October 28 of this year, the world woke up to the news of actor Matthew Perry’s passing away. Ever since then, there have been a lot of rumours about the cause of his death but until today there were no proofs that could support any of these rumours. However, the autopsy report was shared with the public today, almost two months after the actor’s death.

The autopsy report stated, “acute effects of ketamine” as the reason behind the actor’s tragic death. According to the report, the popular actor was undergoing ketamine infusion therapy. In the report, it has been mentioned that Perry received an infusion just one and a half weeks before his demise. According to the report, coronary artery disease, the effects of buprenorphine, and drowning also play a significant role in his death. The ‘effects of ketamine’ however is something that is being widely discussed as it sheds light on Perry’s mental state and the kinds of medication that he was on.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine as Wikipedia describes it is, ” A dissociative anaesthetic used medically for induction and maintenance of anaesthesia. It is also used as a treatment for depression, a pain management tool, and as a recreational drug.”

On the site of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute, it is clearly stated that ketamine therapy is only used to treat individuals struggling with-

  • Major depression,
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • End-of-life existential crisis
  • Palliative care for disease
  • Drug use disorders
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Chronic pain

Several reports suggest that ketamine is available in the United States Of America only with the help of a doctor’s prescription. However, in recent times a lot of people have gained illegal access to it and keep using it because of its recreational benefits.

Medical News Today lists a variety of side effects that are associated with the usage of Ketamine on their site. The list includes-

  • Drowsiness
  • Double vision
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling of unease

As per several medical reports, the overdose of this recreational drug can induce respiratory depression which slows down breathing and causes instability in the functionality of the heart and blood vessels along with liver dysfunction and an increase in intracranial pressure.

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