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Ketamine: A Re-emergence in Medicine and Misuse?

Ketamine: a re-emergence in medicine and misuse?

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Welcome to the Quest Diagnostics “topics in drug testing” podcast. Today’s episode is with Quest Diagnostics senior medical advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin, and Dr Jack Kain, director and medical science liaison for the Quest Drug Monitoring and Toxicology business.

Learning objectives for the podcast include:

  • Learn how ketamine is increasingly being used as an anesthetic, analgesic, antidepressant, …and a hallucinogen1
  • Gain an understanding of the risks of ketamine use and ways it is misused
  • Appreciate the role of drug testing when ketamine is prescribed or suspected

To listen to other podcasts in our Topics in Drug Testing series or learn more about the comprehensive drug testing offering from Quest Diagnostics, please visit There you will find our Drug Monitoring Test Directory, as well as educational resources and insights from our team of toxicology experts. At Quest Diagnostics, we are committed to providing you results and insight to support your clinical decisions.


Presenters: Jeff Gudin, MD, Sr Medical Advisor and Jack Kain PharmD, Medical Science Liasion

Published: Oct 31, 2022



1. Bahr R, Lopez A, Rey JA. Intranasal Esketamine(SpravatoTM) for use in treatment-resistant depression In conjunction with an oral antidepressant.P&T. 2019;44(6):340-375.