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Phencyclidine abuse has become common in the United States and other parts of the world. It comes as no surprise that this drug was initially used in humans for medical purposes such as numbing or as a painkiller. However, its development for medical purposes was halted mainly due to its undesirable effects, which included delirium and confusion. Today, the drug is commonly used in veterinary medicine. Nevertheless, the drug is also widely abused for recreational purposes.

Phencyclidine comes in various forms including tablets, capsules and colored powders, which may either be snorted or taken orally. When in pure form, phencyclidine comes as a white colored crystalline powder which is soluble in alcohol and water giving a unique sour chemical taste. Phencyclidine’s liquid form is its base that is in most cases dissolved in a very inflammable solvent known as ether. For smoking, the drug is generally sprayed on leafy material like marijuana, oregano, parsley or mint. Some of its street names include rocket fuel, wack, ozone, and angel dust among others. Subject to the amount of the drug taken and how it was taken, the effects may last up to about 4-6 hours.

Phencyclidine Abuse

The greatest casualty of phencyclidine abuse is the brain. In fact, discontinuation in the use of the drug for medical purposes was attributed to the various side effects that resulted in people becoming irrational, delusional and agitated when recovering from the drug’s anesthetic effects. It is said to be a dissociative drug, causing distortions in the perceptions of sound and sight, making users feel dissociated or detached from themselves and the environment. Despite this, abusers continue using it thanks to the feelings of increased power, invulnerability and strength it produces, not to mention the numbing effect that the drug has on the mind.

Other side effects include mood disturbances, memory loss, impaired thinking and speaking capacity, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, symptoms mimicking schizophrenia including delusions, paranoia, hallucination and disordered thinking. Underlining the seriousness of the consumption of these drugs is the fact that they are addictive and habit forming, meaning that repeated use and abuse of Phencyclidine leads to compulsive seeking behavior and craving for the drug, even when this comes with serious adverse consequences. In addition, there is always the possibility of chemical tolerance developing, which leads to a progressive decrease in the drug’s effectiveness. This has the effect of forcing the individual to increase the amounts they are taking.

Concerning the effects of the drugs on the health of an individual, they will vary with the amounts of the drug taken. Consumption of the drug in small doses brings about physiological effects including:

  1. Profuse sweating
  2. Shallow breathing
  3. Generalized numbness
  4. Flushing of the face
  5. Slight rise in breathing rate
  6. Impaired muscular coordination
  7. Increase in pulse rate and blood pressure

Higher doses produce a drop in respiration, pulse rate as well as blood pressure which may be followed by blurred vision, vomiting, nausea, drooling, dizziness and impaired balance. Suicidal thoughts have also been noted. If the drug is combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, it may lead to a coma.

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