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dc.contributor.authorCorazza, Ornella
dc.contributor.authorSchifano, Fabrizio
dc.identifier.citationCorazza , O & Schifano , F 2010 , ' Near-death states reported in a sample of 50 misusers ' , Substance Use and Misuse , vol. 45 , no. 6 , pp. 916-924 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 185143
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: b18d4436-35f0-4f4f-ad77-8169701b918f
dc.identifier.otherdspace: 2299/5568
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 77951810725
dc.descriptionOriginal article can be found at: Copyright Informa Healthcare
dc.description.abstractIncrease in recreational ketamine use may be a cause for concern. We aimed here at assessing, in a sample of ketamine misusers, concordance between the typical near-death experience (NDE) features and the on-drug psychoactive effects the subjects experienced. In 2003-2005, a sample of previous ketamine misusers recollecting a ketamine-related NDE were recruited through snowballing and screened with the means of the Greyson NDE Scale; 125 participants made an initial contact with the researcher and 50 reported a minimum score of 7 at the ‘Greyson NDE Scale’. Interviewees were in the range 21-66 years old; 27 participants (54%) were educated at BA level; 18 (36%) had an MSc and 5 (10%) a PhD. Eight (16%) interviewees had a definite religious background. An average lifetime ketamine intake of 140 occasions was reported by the interviewees, who typically presented with a polydrug, including cannabis and MDMA/ecstasy, misuse history. In 45 (90%) cases, the NDE occurred during the first few occasions of intake. Most frequent features of reported NDE states included: altered perception of time (90%); strong sense of detaching from own physical body (88%); and a sense of peace/joy (76% of subjects). Although results here described were elicited from a self-selected, non randomized, limited size sample of misusers, we suggest that recreational ketamine intake may be associated with occurrence of near-death related states, and this may be a reason for concern.en
dc.relation.ispartofSubstance Use and Misuse
dc.subjectdrug misuse
dc.subjectnear-death experiences (NDEs)
dc.subjectout-of-body-experiences (OBEs)
dc.titleNear-death states reported in a sample of 50 misusersen
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Pharmacy
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Postgraduate Medicine
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Clinical Practice, Safe Medicines and Drug Misuse Research
dc.contributor.institutionPostgraduate Medicine
dc.contributor.institutionHealth Services and Medicine
dc.contributor.institutionPublic Health
dc.contributor.institutionPrescription and Illicit Drug Misuse
dc.contributor.institutionPatient and Medicines Safety
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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