Desperate Chinese Housewives Combine Ketamine And Karaoke

By John Lavitt 03/30/15

A group of housewives turned to a very Special K to liven up their karaoke party: ketamine.


Desperate housewives in China were busted for a ketamine karaoke session. Police arrested a group of wealthy housewives in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province for combining their love of karaoke with a newfound passion for Special K. What proved even more surprising was how the middle-aged women chose to party in public.

During a late night raid on a hotel karaoke parlor, plainclothes policeman detained 20 suspects. The Chinese officers recovered ketamine and drug paraphernalia at the scene. To the shock of their families, all the suspects later tested positive for ketamine and methyl amphetamine.

While 16 of the suspects are women in their early to mid-fifties, four of the arrested were younger men. It seems the men were there to add to the women’s amusement. Police described the women as lazy, wealthy locals looking for a little adventure. They went on to say that interrogations revealed the women had nothing to do with their lives other than take care of their grandchildren, go to beauty salons and play cards. 

The group stumbled into their high-octane get-togethers in April of 2014 after one housewife brought a ketamine-laced beverage to a birthday celebration. Rather than getting upset, the women decided the drugs added to their fun, making ketamine part of their regular party routine. Adding young men to the mix, the parties took off. Code-worded "sports meetings," their meth-fueled parties cost 4,000 Yuan per person or about $650 in American currency. 

Shocked by the news, one Chinese Internet user commented, "There are many ways to keep from being bored, like volunteer work, painting and writing. Why did these ladies turn to drugs?”

Although the desperate housewives tag began in America with the popular television show, it seems the sudden flood of currency in China has shifted the focus abroad. With ketamine, karaoke and young men, the desperate housewives' tag clearly fit these Chinese women just about perfectly.

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.