In response to the never-ending demand by trippers for alternative drugs, a new thriller is now making the psychedelic rounds. Its name is ketamine hydrochloride, but if you get an offer it's likely to be called "green."

Ketamine hydrochloride, marketed for medical use under the names Ketalar and Ketaject, is a disassociative anesthetic discovered in the United States in 1961. Green first became :known to the general public as a result of the Vietnam War, where it served as the most widely used battlefield anesthetic,

For medical purposes, the drug is sold as a liquid to be injected in normal surgical anesthesia doses ranging from 406 to 700 mg. On the street, the drug appears in a variety of forms: pills (poppable), powder (snortable), and even in cigarette form (smokable). Most often the color of the drug is green, hence its nickname. Normal abuser's dose is 50 mg.

What one gets for his 30 mg is an intense forty-five-minute trip not unlike that produced by LSD. The tripper feels as if he is floating in a dreamlike state while experiencing vivid visual images.

Danger associated with ketamine hydrochloride lies in one's taking too heavy a dose. An excessive quantity will anesthetizethe breathing apparatus, causing a halt in respiration, and will bring the party to an abrupt end. Keep that in mind if this new, "find" makes its way to your, neighborhood.