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PCPPCP (Phencyclidine), first made its appearance in the 1950’s and was used medically as “Sernyl” as an intravenous anesthetic, but was then discontinued in the 1960’s due to the adverse side effects such as delirium and hallucinations.  For this reason, it is grouped with other hallucinogens such as LSD, Ecstasy, and Mescaline.  It is listed by the DEA as a Schedule II controlled substance, but, unfortunately, this drug remains readily available on the illicit drug market.

The pure form of PCP is a white, crystalline powder that can easily be dissolved in alcohol or water.  The forms of Phencyclidine obtained on the streets are known by such names as  “Angel Dust”, “Rocket Fuel”, “Peace Pill” or “Hog” and can contain dangerous additives such as ether.  The various methods of use include smoking, snorting or injection.

Physiological Effects of PCP Use

As with any potent drug, the body experiences dramatic changes with PCP use. The person will often feel an enhanced sense of strength which may cause them to take chances that could result in physical harm. Other physical effects include increased blood pressure, shallow breathing and profuse sweating.  Large doses of PCP can trigger the following physical reactions:

  • Drop in blood pressure, respiration and pulse rate
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Blurred vision, rapid eye movements
  • Drooling
  • Seizures, coma, death

Psychological Effects of Phencyclidine Use

Low doses of PCP can result in mild side effects such as disorientation, or a feeling of being separate from the surroundings.  Some users will also experience the following:

  • Hallucinations
  • Mood changes
  • Amnesia
  • Anxiety, hostility
  • Paranoia, schizophrenia
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Depression

Phencyclidine Risks, Serious Problems, Help Available

Prolonged abuse of PCP can result in accidental overdose and death.  When used by young teens, it can interfere with normal growth and development.  For all the reasons above, PCP is considered one of the most dangerous drugs being abused today.  For more information, or to speak with a counselor about drug abuse and getting drug treatment, call today.

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