The Ketamine Connection

From Far East karaoke bars to an unlikely English city - the story of how a worrying new drug trade is made in China
BBC News (UK)
Friday, July 10, 2015

For decades, ketamine was only manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Technically, it was too complicated to be made by amateur chemists. But in the past five years, that has changed. Chinese drug gangs have cracked the code, figuring out how to manufacture large batches of cheap ketamine. Drug traffickers don't bother to steal ketamine from legal sources anymore. Instead, they're making their own. It's largely a Chinese breakthrough.