While the acronym PCP may sound like some sort of texting slang, it is anything but. PCP is short for Phencyclidine and it’s a dissociative anesthetic that was developed in the 1950s as a surgical anesthetic. Its effects make the user feel like they are in a trance-like state.
PCP is a white crystalline powder that can be dissolved in water or alcohol. It can also come in the form of a tablet with an unusual array of colors. PCP is ingested through snorting, smoking, injecting, or swallowing.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) website, “In 2000, law enforcement agencies reported that some pills sold as MDMA or ecstasy actually contained PCP or a combination of PCP and other substances”. This is very dangerous because users may believe they’re taking MDMA, when they’re actually taking dangerous PCP.
The side effects of using PCP include euphoria, loss of inhibitions, anxiety, disorientation, restlessness, drowsiness, disorganized thinking, auditory and visual hallucinations, increased blood pressure, staggering, excess salivation, sweating, numbness, slurred speech, and even death. PCP is also well-known for causing “super human” strength. There have been many instances where police officers and others were injured by an individual who was high on PCP.
Additionally, a 1981 study reported PCP withdrawal symptoms typically include depression, drug cravings, increased appetite, and increased need for sleep. The study also mentioned that some evidence suggests psychological dependence may develop in those who used high doses (10mg or more).
Don’t wait to get help for a PCP addiction. The long term effects of PCP include memory loss, difficulties with speech, and psychological dependence. Please call us at Inspirations for Youth and Families (888-757-6237) to learn more about this drug.