PCP stands for phencyclidine, which was a drug developed by scientists in the 1950s for its anesthetic properties to help patients. However, the drug was discontinued because patients became violent and began having hallucinations while on the drug. Although the drug was discontinued in the medical field, people began to make and distribute the drug illicitly. The illegal making and selling of PCP still occurs today and the drug is one of the most popular hallucinogenic drugs used.
According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, around 6 million Americans over the age of 12 have used PCP at least once in their lifetime, with the majority being in the young adult class. Three percent of students in high school nationwide reported using PCP at least once, and one percent reported using PCP within the last year.
PCP is usually made in illegal laboratories and is a white powder that is sold in liquid, powder or tablet form. People who use PCP can do so by snorting the powder, or adding the powder to a drink. In addition, people can orally ingest the tablet form of PCP, or they can smoke PCP by adding the powder to other drugs such as marijuana.
When a person takes PCP they will begin to experience hallucinations and they will have a delusion of reality. This may mean that they will see things that are not there, or shapes and sizes of objects will appear different. They may also loose sense of time and self-identity, meaning that they will no longer know who they are or where they are at. A person using PCP can experience bad hallucinations which can cause them to act in ways they never would if they were not under the influence of the drug. This can lead to them harming themselves or becoming violent with other people and not even realizing it.
Facts about PCP that everyone should be aware of before they take the substance…
- PCP is manmade and can contain chemicals in it that an individual’s body may have a bad reaction to.
- Just because one person had a good experience on PCP does not mean that a different person will have the same experience, instead their experience can be painful and horrific.
- Once a person takes PCP there is nothing that can be done to stop the effects of the drug on a person’s brain.
- After PCP leaves a person’s body, they will be dehydrated and their brain chemicals will be messed up, which can cause them to feel extremely depressed or sad, or even angry or violent the following day.
- According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, PCP is addictive and it produces nasty psychological effects; users often become suicidal or violent when they are on PCP.
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