Drug Addiction, Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry's Death from a Ketamine Overdose Shows the Dangers of a Powerful Treatment Drug

Ketamine use has skyrocketed to deal with various ailments, but while beneficial in controlled environments, it can be dangerous if abused or misused.

Ketamine can heal, but can also harm and even kill. Matthew Perry. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The report that Matthew Perry died of a ketamine overdose should raise awareness of the dangers of the drug, whose efficacy in treating anything other than severe depression is not thoroughly established but whose use as a means of fighting depression and anxiety has skyrocketed since 2020.

A study by EPIC research showed more prescriptions were issued for ketamine for depression (28.3%) and anxiety (19.0%) combined than for pain (35.4%), which was the original purpose of the drug, especially for major surgery.

Deaths from overdose are rare, according to AmericanAddictionCenters, but health problems such as difficulty breathing, addiction, and seizures are more common and need to be taken into consideration.

WebMD does report that in properly controlled environments, under the supervision of a doctor, ketamine can significantly help those with serious depression, though the site said that doctors who prescribe the approved IV infusion of ketamine continue to take their prescribed medicine as well, rather than consider it a substitute.


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I take psychiatric medications and I can say that the side affects are unfortunate and it's time the medical world come up with good alternatives. These pills might work but the side affects significantly hurt one's quality of life.
still hopeful 18.12.23

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"We are a Family"

"We are a Family": The 'Friends' Cast Says Goodbye to Matthew Perry

After not responding to the sudden death of their friend Matthew Perry, the original cast of 'Friends' released a joint statement: "As time goes on, we will say more, as much as we can."

Rinat Kramer Jablinowitz, JFeed Staff | 31.10.23

Matthew Perry has Died

"Friends" Star Matthew Perry has Died at the Age of 54

The American actor Matthew Perry, who played the character of Chandler Bing in the series "Friends", passed away at the age of 54. It was reported in the American media that Perry drowned at his home in Los Angeles - but at this stage the investigation of the circumstances continues.

Rinat Kramer Jablinowitz, JFeed Staff | 29.10.23