PCP, a Schedule II drug also known as phencyclidine, is a white powder that is water- and alcohol-soluble; however, drug market versions of this drug can vary more greatly based on contamination. PCP’s street names include angel dust, rocket fuel, and PeaCe Pill. PCP is a very strong drug classified as a hallucinogen.
Phencyclidine started out as an anesthetic, but caused hallucinations and delirium, so was discontinued and replaced by ketamine. PCP can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected.
PCP detaches the user from their surroundings and can result in slurred speech and uncoordinated movement, along with a false sense of confidence. These occur in lower dosages. Some hallucinations can occur. In the long term, it can cause anxiety, paranoia, violence, or symptoms of schizophrenia. Higher doses can cause nausea, vomiting, seizure, coma, and death. As a particularly potent hallucinogen, it can also lead users to kill themselves while under its influence. PCP abuse also results in addiction, memory loss, depression, and weight loss.
A 2010 survey of all hallucinogens showed that .5% of people 12 or older – about 1.2 million – had used a hallucinogen in the past month. 45,000 of them admitted to using PCP in the past month.
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Drug Fact Sheet – PCP
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