A party drug cocktail referred to as Calvin Klein gained recent notoriety after deaths related to the drug made headlines. The compound is a mix of cocaine and ketamine and may also be referred to as CK, CK1, or klein. It reportedly got its name from the first letter of each drug (CK). Combining cocaine and ketamine is reported to have the same effect as ecstasy, which is another common club drug. Its use is considered “polydrug use”, meaning the user takes two psychoactive drugs to achieve a desired effect.

Drugs that are used primarily in club settings may attract people who may otherwise not be involved in habitual substance abuse. According to research published in Substance Use and Misuse, people who use club drugs are more likely to use polydrugs. Researchers sampled 400 clubgoers in New York City between the ages of 18 and 29 years old and found that:

  • 91.7% had used polydrugs
  • 1,670 different drug combinations were described
  • Ecstacy and cocaine were the two more frequently used club drugs, including as elements of a polydrug combination

Drugs like ecstasy, crystal meth, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or molly), ketamine and acid are frequently used in club or rave culture. Polydrug use is the creation of a drug cocktail using any number of drug combinations. According to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, a significant number of health conditions are associated with habitual polydrug use, including:

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Maladjustment
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Respiratory depression
  • Cognitive changes
  • Motor abnormalities
  • Coma
  • Strokes

Polydrugs are often a combination of stimulant and depressive drugs, most of which have psychotropic or hallucinatory effects.

The effects of the Calvin Klein combination have been compared to molly. Molly is the street name for MDMA and is a synthetic drug that can give a short-term high. Forms of this drug have been associated with club or rave culture for a long time. MDMA abuse has certain signs and is treatable. Club culture continues to facilitate varying degrees of drug dependence and acceptance with a drug-positive culture. This can be dangerous and has opened the door for increasingly risky drug compounds, like Calvin Klein.

Here’s What You Need to Know

Calvin Klein is not a new drug. The polydrug combination of cocaine and ketamine has been used before, under various pseudonyms and street names. By itself, Ketamine is a drug used in hospital settings as an anesthetic. Its recreational abuse presents a similar effect to PCP. While it can be abused, recent research shows expanded approved uses for ketamine. A form of ketamine was approved in March by the Food and Drug Administration to be developed as a nasal spray treatment for depression.

Cocaine is an illegal drug that does not have any approved medicinal uses. Cocaine causes a very energetic high and has a high addiction potential. Both of these drugs are dangerous when abused. Here are a few important things to know about the combination of these two drugs:

  • It is not safe to combine cocaine and ketamine

    • Combining cocaine and ketamine has adverse physical effects that can lead to death. These two drugs have opposite effects on the body, which throws it into a state of confusion and chaos. The drugs used alone are dangerous; together, they can be lethal.
  • People, including a violin prodigy, have died after taking the Calvin Klein drug combination.

    • Violin prodigy Katya Tuskanova reportedly died from a lethal dose of the drug Calvin Klein.
  • Associating the drug with the Calvin Klein name may contribute to its popularity.

    • Branding and image play a large role in culture. From celebrity DJs to designer drugs, associating a drug with an all-American brand like Calvin Klein may contribute to its appeal.
  • A drug known as Calvin Klein is not new.

    • A drug referred to as Calvin Klein is not new and its effects are not unknown. Drug users have been mixing drugs for years and MDMA tablets stamped with a CK were confiscated in North Carolina back in 2003
  • No comment from Calvin Klein.

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