What is PCP?
(phencyclidine)—also known as angel dust, ozone and rocket fuel—is a synthetic
hallucinogenic drug known for its dissociative (often negative) psychological
effects. While PCP can evoke feelings of strength, invincibility and
power, it is an extremely dangerous, and often addictive, drug.
PCP is a
white or colored powder that is typically sold in tablet or capsule form. Users
abuse PCP by snorting, smoking or ingesting it. (When smoked, users apply
PCP powder to dried plant leaves such as mint, basil or marijuana.) Depending
on the amount ingested and route of administration, the effects of PCP can last
for up to 6 hours.
addition to feelings of supremacy and invincibility, PCP users experience dissociative
states, or feelings of mental numbness and detachment. Many adverse
psychological effects may also occur, including schizophrenia-like symptoms
(delusions, disordered thinking, hallucinations, paranoia, and anxiety) and
mood disturbances (anxiety, panic attacks). Severe effects include seizures,
coma, violence, suicide or death. When PCP interacts with other drugs, especially
depressants, it can lead to coma or respiratory distress.
A variety of physical side effects occur while using PCP. In the short term, low to moderate doses cause a rise in blood
pressure; an increase in breathing and pulse rate; shallow breathing; numbness
of the extremities; loss of coordination; flushing; and profuse sweating. When
taken in higher doses, drops in blood pressure, respiration, and pulse rate;
nausea and vomiting; rolling of the eyes; loss of balance; dizziness; and
drooling may occur.
PCP also can cause long-term, serious effects that may last up to a year
after drug use. They include memory loss, depression,
trouble thinking and speaking and weight loss.
PCP addiction be treated?
for PCP addiction usually involves some form of cognitive-behavioral therapy,
medical interventions (such as medically supervised detoxification) and
addiction support groups. Aftercare or follow-up treatment is also vitally
important to long-term recovery.
addiction can be quite difficult to overcome, particularly because the long-term effects it causes commonly lead to
relapse. Because of this, individuals suffering from PCP addiction are strongly
seek professional help.