Phencyclidine, commonly known as “PCP” or “Angel Dust,” was first introduced pharmaceutically as Sernyl in the 1950s and used intravenously for anesthesia. By the time 1967 hit, PCP was used recreationally. PCP can be found in liquid form, but is often found in a powder form that coats marijuana and is smoked.
Effects of PCP on the Body:
This drug has an intense numbing and pain relieving effect in moderate doses. In higher doses the risk for seizures is great. It is not commonly known how much of the drug is being used because it is mixed with other hazardous substances.
PCP users may experience:
• Slurred speech
• Lack of coordination
• Thinking of oneself as abnormally strong
• Vacant staring
• Auditory hallucinations
• Extremely quick and involuntary eye movements
• Mood disorders
• Increases in blood pressure and pulse
Angel dust has also been known to cause intense anxiety, aggressive and violent hostility, and schizophrenic-like paranoid thinking.
Effects of Long-Term Use:
Habitual PCP users become addicted easily, having a psychological dependence on the drug. They will experience craving and obsession, compulsively trying to obtain more of the drug. These addicts experience problems with memory, spmiraking, and learning new things. They are prone to depression. There is also evidence that using PCP during the growing years will lead to developmental problems and stunted growth because of the way this drug interferes with hormones. Those who are addicted to PCP also have difficulty maintaining a normal healthy weight.
The good news is, however, that use of angel dust has been steadily on the decline with less than half of hallucinogenic users having used PCP. The problem remains that many users do not know that they have used the drug because it is slipped into marijuana cigarettes. Often, PCP users are unaware that they have used the drug until it is too late, and because the likelihood of knowing the amount of the substance added to the marijuana is unknown overdose is common. What also makes this drug dangerous is how the user acts while under the influence.
There have been reports of individuals committing homicidal acts using this drug. Users who abuse angel dust in high doses frequently become suicidal while they are on the drug. They believe they have super-power strength, and this, coupled with violent behaviors makes for a dangerous high that can last as long as six hours. Users of the drug put those around them at risk to be victims of such hostile acts. In order to continue the decline of use, individuals must be educated about this drug in a cautionary way.
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