Be Aware Of: PCP

Below are some facts you need to know about the drug PCP.

  1. PCP stands for phencyclidine, also known as “angel dust.”
  2. It was originally created in the 1950s as an anesthetic but was discontinued when found to cause hallucinations, mania, and panic in patients.
  3. Like LSD, users of PCP have a unique experience, and the effects can vary greatly between users. This unpredictability is part of the danger of the drug; since you can’t know how it will affect you, it can quite possibly have adverse effects or cause irrational or dangerous behavior.
  4. Users can become violent and aggressive. PCP use is linked to bizarre, psychotic behavior.
  5. It is possible to overdose on PCP, and PCP overdose can be fatal.
  6. Unlike LSD, which produces hallucinations, PCP is a dissociative drug. This means that it causes a separation form of reality in the user or a detachment from the body. Users often report a floating feeling from the drug.
  7. It is possible to have withdrawal symptoms after suddenly stopping PCP use. Withdrawal symptoms include cravings and depression.
  8. Unlike LSD, PCP is considered an addictive drug and can lead to severe physical and psychological dependence.
  9. Street names for PCP include angel dust, peace pill, embalming fluid, elephant tranquilizer, ozone, Supergrass, and rocket fuel.
  10. PCP can be smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally. It can come in pill form, or in a white powder that dissolves quickly in liquid. Although slightly bitter tasting, especially when combined with alcohol or another beverage, PCP can be impossible to detect, making it is very easy for someone to “dose” an unknowing person with the drug.
  11. PCP works by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain. It inhibits reuptake of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
  12. Like LSD, PCP can cause flashbacks in users.