is sweeping dance floors as the world’s fastest rising party drug, recently surpassing MDMA due to the drug’s explosion popularity in the 2010s. Beyond its recreational use, however, the drug ketamine has undergone in Australia and America to treat depression .

An anesthetic drug, Ketamine is now increasingly being used as a revolutionary — and sometimes life-saving — medication for those struggling with treatment-resistant depression, who are chronically suicidal or experience frequent psychotic episodes. After turning to every treatment on the market, including over 40 sessions electroshock therapy, one member New Zealand’s trials, Jemima Lomax-Sawyers, associates Ketamine with saving her life:

That is why Sawyers and others like her are extremely concerned that New Zealand’s only Ketamine Clinic would no longer be accepting new patients, and that current patients may be taken f its lists once new treatment plans are agreed upon with the country’s Ministry Health.