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Ketamine as an anxiety, depression medication?

In this episode, our co-hosts discuss a recent article discussing the pros and cons of considering ketamine as a treatment for mental health concerns

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In this episode, cohosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the drug Ketamine and its use in EMS. Providers may utilize the drug to assist with many different conditions they encounter in the field. The discussion references a recent article regarding ketamine’s possible use in treating anxiety and depression, and the conversation turns to other drugs that are being used to treat similar maladies, such as MDMA, which has been touted as helpful when treating terminal patients.

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This article, originally published in September 2022, has been updated.

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