Important Facts about PCP

Facts about PCP That You Should Know

Originally developed as an intravenous anesthetic, phencyclidine (PCP) was discontinued in 1965 because surgical patients receiving the drug were experiencing violent psychotic episodes. Today the majority of PCP is manufactured illegally, and it is a popular hallucinogenic drug. There are important facts about PCP everyone should know.

PCP Drug Facts

The National Drug Intelligence Center reports PCP is still a popular recreational drug and is often used by teenagers and young adults. It is considered by many agencies to be the most dangerous drug on the street. Some common street names for PCP are:

  • Angel dust
  • Embalming fluid
  • Ozone
  • Animal tranquilizer
  • Rocket fuel
  • Wack
  • Dust joint
  • Lethal weapon
  • Magic dust
  • Killer weed
  • Crystal

When cigarettes or marijuana joints are dipped in liquid PCP, they may be called wet, or fried.

More Drug Facts about PCP

PCP is manufactured in illegal laboratories as a white powder, but it may be sold in liquid or tablet forms also. The following PCP drug facts are significant.

  1. PCP is a man-made drug and can contain chemicals and inconsistencies from batch-to-batch and maker-to-maker. The chemicals in the drug can react badly in some people's bodies.
  2. Some people have horrific experiences on PCP that can be painful.
  3. Once you take PCP, the effects cannot be stopped, and it must run its course.
  4. The effects PCP has on the brain may be permanent.
  5. Serious dehydration occurs after the PCP leaves the body. Brain chemicals are affected, which can cause feelings of sadness, depression, anger, and violence.
  6. PCP is addictive and produces terrible psychological side effects.
  7. Many users become violent or suicidal when using PCP.
  8. PCP is a hallucinogenic that alters mood, thought patterns and sensory perception.
  9. Most PCP side effects fall into the behavioral and psychological categories.
  10. People who are high on PCP may seem catatonic.
  11. Bizarre behavior is associated with PCP.
  12. PCP is the hallucinogenic known for causing violent and psychotic behavior.

What You Need To Know About PCP

The manufacture of PCP is a very dangerous venture. Cyanide is one of the ingredients used in the manufacture of PCP as well as the pharmaceutically produced phencyclidine, which is used in the production of plastic, paint, and paint remover. Some illegal labs use other ingredients that are far more dangerous and can cause serious and deadly side effects. PCP has a high rate of addiction, and if you or someone you love is using PCP, it's critical to get help and get off this deadly drug.

PCP Statistics

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has reported a number of significant PCP statistics.

  • 6.1 million people in the US reported a lifetime use of PCP (ages 12 and older).
  • Use of PCP is most prevalent with 21-24 year-old African American males.
  • High school students and young adults are the primary users of PCP.
  • PCP related hospital visits have increased significantly.
  • Emergency room visits related to PCP have increased among male and females.
  • Males remain the largest group of PCP Emergency room visits.

Effects of PCP On The User

The first noticeable effects of PCP might appear similar to alcohol drunkenness. The user seems a little high with slurred speech and puffy eyes. His or her walking maybe a bit uncoordinated and unbalanced. You will notice symptoms like this when the user is under a small quantity of the drug. More severe effects will occur when larger doses are taken. The user becomes highly agitated and sometimes extremely violent. Physiological effects include a drop in blood pressure, shallow breathing, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and drooling. Psychotic effects include hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and super strength. In serious reactions seizures, coma, and death can occur.

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