PCP or phencyclidine is an illegal man-made drug developed in the 1950s as an anesthetic. It was later discontinued from medical use due to its negative side effects. When abused, PCP has hallucinogenic and “dissociative anesthetic” qualities, meaning it gives users the feeling that their mind is detached from their body.
Being educated on where these drugs come from and what their effects are is an important element in safety and maintaining well-being. Here are six things you may not know about PCP.
Names on the Street
Some common street names for PCP include Angel Dust, Embalming Fluid, Killer Weed, Rocket Fuel and Supergrass.
What it Looks Like and How it’s Taken
PCP most commonly looks like a white, crystalline powder. It can also come in clear liquid form. Users take PCP by smoking, snorting, injecting, adding it to eye drops or consuming it orally.
Effects of Low Doses
In small doses, PCP can cause changes in body awareness. This effect is similar to that of alcohol intoxication. Low-dose effects can also include sweating, increased body temperature, numbness and poor muscle coordination.
Effects of Higher Doses
Higher doses of PCP can cause negative effects such as nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, dizziness, paranoia, anxiety, seizures, delusions, erratic behavior, aggression and even death.
Long Term Side Effects
Some side effects of long-term PCP use include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulties speaking
- Infectious diseases (such as Hep C or HIV from unsafe drug use)
Signs of Overdose
Signs of an overdose can include hyperthermia, convulsions and a coma. If you suspect someone you know has overdosed on PCP, call 911 immediately.
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