Use of Ketamine as a Date Rape Drug: a Systematic Scoping Review


Use of Ketamine as a Date Rape Drug: a Systematic Scoping Review


Stefania Dermitzaki1, Maria Nystazaki 2

1RN, Faculty of Nursing, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; 2PhD, MSc, RN, 2nd University Psychiatric Clinic, General University Hospital Attikon, Athens, Greece


Background and Objectives: The interdependence of ketamine and rape represent an emerging issue for both the developed and the developing countries. Ketamine is rarely used in human surgery nowadays, but there is a range of traits concerning the aforementioned drug making it the most appropriate one for committing a sexual assault.

Methods: An advanced search in Medline, CINAHL, PsychINFO, Scopus and Cohrane Library and ScienceDirect was conducted. Identified articles were published between 2005 and 2020.

Results: Eight empirical studies were included that comprised the number of victims who had consumed unwillingly ketamine leading to rape.

Conclusion: Ketamine as a rape drug is an emerging issue, the extent of which we do not yet acknowledge. Community based informative programs for the public should be implemented, concerning the hazards following the consumption of ketamine.


Keywords: ketamine, rape, date rape drugs, drug facilitated sexual assault


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Stefania Dermitzaki, Maria Nystazaki. Use of Ketamine as a Date Rape Drug: a Systematic Scoping Review. International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews, 2021, 4:52. DOI: 10.28933/ijprr-2021-07-1505


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