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All About Phencyclidine, Also Known As PCP

Though PCP was initially developed as a general anesthetic, its side effects and symptoms kept it from being usable as such. PCP is abused now for its hallucinogenic and psychedelic effects. Sometimes, it is mixed with or sprinkled on other drugs without the user’s knowledge. If you think you might have taken PCP unknowingly, or think someone else might have, here are some signs of PCP intoxication.

What is PCP?

PCP effects

Someone high on PCP may show signs of confusion and poor perception.

PCP is a “bitter-tasting, white crystalline powder that is easy to dissolve in water or alcohol” (NDIC). After the discovery of its unfitness as a medical anesthetic, it was sometimes used in veterinary practices as a tranquilizer for large animals, but even this is not often practiced today (CESAR). PCP is a very strong, mild-altering drug, and because it can easily be hidden on or in other drugs, people do not always know they are using it. It has a long history of being misnamed when mixed with other intoxicants and can be added to pills or put in capsules with substances like ketamine, caffeine, and methamphetamine. Cigarettes can also be dipped in liquid PCP and the drug can be smoked with marijuana.

Physical Signs

The symptoms of PCP intoxication can vary based on the amount of the drug the person is taking as well as his or her expectations and general personality. According to the DOI, here are some of the physical symptoms of PCP intoxication:

      • Drooling
      • Sweating
      • Nystagmus or strange, jerking movements of the eyes
      • Impaired motor skills (ex. “drunken-like walk, staggering”)
      • “Rapid heartbeat”
      • Dizziness
      • Blurry vision
      • “Dilated or floating pupils”
      • Stiffness of muscles
      • Numbness of the body (high doses)

A person who is on PCP will also have little to no pain sensitivity. This can be very dangerous, given the erratic behavior one also displays while on the drug. Reckless behavior can lead to the individual getting hurt, and the decreased pain sensitivity will cause him or her to ignore it and not to seek medical attention.

Behavioral Signs

PCP causes people to act erratically and unpredictably. It can be a very dangerous drug merely because of the actions of those on it. Here are some of the behavioral signs of PCP intoxication:

      • “Poor perception of time and distance”
      • Confusion
      • Agitation
      • Terror
      • Panic
      • Randomness in thought and action
      • Severe anxiety and fear
      • Mood swings
      • Hostile and violent behavior

PCP is increased in its potency by other depressants like alcohol, and the effects can be worsened when it is mixed with other drugs. The drug’s hallucinogenic effects cause people to lash out and become afraid or even hostile.

Because of PCP’s intoxication symptoms, even one dose can be dangerous. If you think you might have taken PCP without your knowledge, or if you know someone who might have taken PCP, it is important to get to a safe place where the individual won’t be further agitated by the environment or by others. Because PCP causes people who may already have problems with anger or psychosis to bring these thoughts to the surface, while also causing hallucinations, confusion, and panic, it is a drug that often puts the user in danger from the environment as well as from the drug itself.

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