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All About Phencyclidine, Also Known As PCP

Phencyclidine, also known as PCP, was developed in the mid-20th century and was used in the medical field as an anesthetic, mainly administered through intravenous injections. Its use and development for human medical purposes was halted when its adverse effects were recognized.

Today, the drugs are mainly used for veterinary purposes. Their illegal production and consumption is however quite common in a number of laboratories. Coming in the form of colored powder, tablets or capsules, the drugs may be abused through oral consumption, smoking or snorting. It is estimated that close to 200,000 Americans aged twelve years old and older have abused and are hooked on these drugs. Some of the street names by which it goes include wack, ozone, rocket fuel, angel dust and others.

When in pure form, the drug comes as a white powder that dissolves easily in water and alcohol giving a unique chemical taste. The drug may also easily be mixed with dyes. The drug may either be snorted orally ingested or smoked. When smoked, phencyclidine is applied to leafy materials such as marijuana, oregano, mint or parsley. How long its effects are felt depend on the amount taken as well as the route through which it was taken.

Phencyclidine Abuse Signs

Being a highly addictive drug continued and prolonged abuse of phencyclidine results in physical and psychological dependence to Phencyclidine. This is mainly as a result of its action on the functioning of the central nervous system.

In addition, continued consumption leads to a buildup of chemicals or drug residue in the system, in which case the individual experiences diminishing effectiveness of the drugs. This is because the body becomes accustomed to a particular dose or amounts, and the individual can only experience the initial effects by increasing the doses or the amounts they consume. This is the beginning of a vicious addiction cycle.

While the production of the drug for human use was halted, a large number of people use it, not only because of the feelings of enhanced strength, invulnerability and power it produces, but also due to the numbing effects induced on the mind. While it may be difficult to determine whether an individual is hooked on phencyclidine or PHP, be on the lookout for indicators that point to schizophrenia, including disordered thinking, delusions, paranoia, hallucination as well as detachment from an individual’s environment.

Mood disturbances, elevated anxiety symptoms, loss of memory, impaired thinking capacity, problems with speech and loss of weight could also be common, sometimes going as long as a year after one has stopped abusing phencyclidine.

Phencyclidine Addiction Signs

  • Fear
  • Terror
  • Rigid muscles
  • Dilated pupils
  • Floating pupils
  • Violent behavior
  • Intoxication symptoms
  • Unpredictable behavior
  • Agitation and disorientation
  • Coma when large doses are taken
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