WHAT IS PCP?
PCP was developed in the 1950’s as an intravenous anesthetic. Its use in humans was discontinued in 1965, because patients often became agitated delusional, and irrational while recovering from its anesthetic effects.
WHAT DOES PCP LOOK LIKE?
PCP is a white crystalline powder that is readily soluble in water or alcohol. It has a distinctive bitter chemical taste. PCP can be mixed easily with dyes and turns up on the illicit drug market in a variety of tablets, capsules, and colored powders.
HOW IS PCP CONSUMED?
PCP is normally used in one of three ways: snorted, smoked, or ingested. For smoking, PCP is often applied to a leafy material such as mint, parsley, oregano, or marijuana.
WHAT DOES PCP DO TO ME?
PCP is a hallucinogen agent. This substance will alter speech, coordination and vision. PCP will cause panic in unsuspecting users.
Compulsive and violent behavior, involuntary eye movement, rigid muscles, and loss of gag and corneal reflexes are among a few of the symptoms of PCP users. When introduced in the 1960’s, PCP quickly gained a reputation as a drug that could cause bad reactions and was not worth the risk. After using PCP once, many people will not knowingly use it again. Others attribute their continued use to feelings of strength, power, invulnerability, and a
PCP stimulates the central nervous system therefore altering speech, coordination, dexterity, and vision. Health effects include loss of memory, ongoing depression, and toxic psychosis as aggressive and assaulting behavior. Many PCP users are brought to emergency rooms because of the drug’s unpleasant psychological effects. These people often become violent and suicidal and are very dangerous. At low moderate doses, physiological effects include a slight increase in breathing rate and pronounced rise in blood pressure and pulse rate. At high doses of PCP, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiration drop. This may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, flicking up and down of the eyes, drooling, loss of balance, and dizziness. High doses can also cause seizures, coma, and death that more often results from accidental injury or suicide during intoxication. People who use PCP for long periods report memory loss, difficulties with speech and thinking, depression, and weight loss.These symptoms can persist up to a year after stopping PCP use.
PCP is often referred to these names on the street:
Angel Dust, ozone, wack, rocket fuel, killer joints, crystal supergrass, peace pill, and dust.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse