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PCP (phencyclidine)

PCP (phencyclidine) was originally intended as a human anesthetic but was discontinued since recipients usually became agitated, delusional, and irrational while recuperating from its numbing effects. Soon afterward the drug was introduced as a veterinary anesthetic under the name Sernylan. Presently, PCP is not manufactured as a legitimate drug.

Today, nearly all PCP found in the United States is produced in illegal make-shift laboratories. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, PCP and its production are most prevalent in the greater Los Angeles area. However, the drug can be found in most major cities in the U.S. Some of its street names are angel dust, ozone, wack, and rocket fuel. Phencyclidine in its original form resembles a white powdery substance that dissolves easily into water and can be smoked, snorted, injected, or swallowed. However, the most popular method of use involves applying PCP powder to parsley, mint leaf, or marijuana and smoking the substance, or additionally, dipping menthol or Sherman cigarettes into liquid PCP and smoking the drug.

Consequences of phencyclidine use:
PCP use produces numerous side effects ranging from loss of coordination, slurred speech, hallucinations, severe mood disorders, amnesia, high anxiety, feelings of doom, paranoia, violent hostility, and psychoses indistinguishable from schizophrenia. Furthermore, PCP has a high potential for abuse and addiction and the withdrawals resulting from its abuse are also severe, which may consist of depression, anxiety, hostile behavior and thoughts of suicide.

In addition chemicals from phencyclidine absorb into the body’s fatty tissue where it remains for long periods, even years, and thus, reemerges later into the blood stream which causes flashbacks, a reoccurring PCP high experience that produces mild to intense reactions ranging from nervousness, anxiety, depression and confusion, to blackouts, hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and/or severe headaches. An intoxicated individual can become dangerous to themselves and others, and even healthcare providers who take care of them are at risk. PCP use and its grave risks are thought to be one of the most hazardous drugs of abuse. An individual addicted to PCP should seek treatment in an appropriate facility, one with highly qualified personnel.

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