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All About Phencyclidine, Also Known As PCP

Abuse of phencyclidine confirms what we have always known; that banning and stopping the development of particular substances is never sufficient to eliminate the potential for their abuse. Initially, phencyclidine was developed for medical use in the 1950’s. The development was halted some years later, after it was discovered that the drug could bring about undesirable side effects exhibited by the individual including delirium, confusion and hallucinations. However, this has not prevented its development in illegal labs and use for recreational purposes.

In its pure form, phencyclidine is a crystalline white powder that dissolves in alcohol and water readily and has a distinctive bitter taste. However, its color ranges from brown to tan when it is produced in an illegal lab, since it contains various contaminants. Its consistency would also range from a gummy mass to powder.

Phencyclidine comes in a variety of forms including capsules, tablets as well as colored powders that may either be taken orally, snorted intra-nasally or through intravenous injections. When in liquid form, the drug is a phencyclidine base, most often dissolved. When smoked, the drug is sprayed on leafy substances such as oregano, marijuana, parsley and mint.

Phencyclidine Abuse Symptomse

Illicit marketing of phencyclidine is carried out under a variety of street names such as hog, lovely, angel dust, wack, rocket fuel and embalming fluid, all of which reflect its wide range of volatile and bizarre effects.

Phencyclidine is a highly addictive drug, meaning that its prolonged use leads to physical and psychological dependence, intense craving as well as compulsive seeking behavior. In most cases, users of the drugs report decreased appetite, loss of weight, depression, difficulties with learning and speech as well as memory loss. These symptoms may persist even a year after an individual stops abusing this substance.

Phencyclidine has sedative and numbing effects. When used in adolescents, it may affect the hormones that are associated with normal growth and development. Its interaction with depressants of the central nervous system such as benzodiazepines and alcohol may lead to accidental overdose, coma and even death.

Behavioral and psychological symptoms of phencyclidine abuse vary with the amount of the drug taken. Moderates amounts of the drug can cause users to be detached, estranged and distant from their environment. Slurred speech and impaired coordination may be followed by sense of increased invulnerability or strength. Be on the lookout for blank stares, involuntary and fast eye movements and exaggerated gait. The individual may also have auditory hallucinations, extreme mood disorders, loss of memory and image distortion. In some case, the drug may cause feelings of imminent doom and acute anxiety while in others it causes violent hostility, paranoia and psychosis that cannot be distinguished from schizophrenia.

Physiological signs that you could be on the lookout for include slight rise in rate of breathing, pronounced increase in blood pressure as well as pulse rate, shallow respiration, profuse sweating and flushing. High doses can cause a drop in the respiration, blood pressure and the pulse rate. This could be accompanied by vomiting, nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, impaired sense of balance, drooling and flicking up of eyes.

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