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PCP THE FACTS

What is PCP?
PCP (phencyclidine) is most often called "angel dust." It was first developed as an anesthetic in the 1950s. However, it was taken off the market for human use because it sometimes caused hallucinations.

PCP should never be used by human beings for any reason. It is mentally damaging and can cause a separation from reality, like a psychotic condition. PCP can put the user in a dream-like or nightmare condition. The PCP effects on the user can be misleading. Some PCP users have become very violent, acting with intense amounts of energy. Later they are sometimes unaware of their violence. PCP can make a person experience nightmares while the are standing up with their eyes opened and even talking to someone. The PCP user can see very upsetting and disturbing pictures they believe to be happening right there and then. The user can believe they are being attacked. Tragically, PCP is also a pain killer and the user can badly injure themselves without "feeling" it.

PCP can produce violent or bizarre behavior in people who are not normally that way. This behavior can lead to death from drownings, burns, falls (sometimes from high places), and automobile accidents. Regular PCP use affects memory, perception, concentration, and judgment. Users may show signs of paranoia, fearfulness, and anxiety. During these times, some users may become aggressive while others may withdraw and have difficulty communicating. A temporary mental disturbance, or a disturbance of the user's thought processes (a PCP psychosis) may last for days or weeks. Long-term PCP users report memory and speech difficulties, as well as hearing voices or sounds which do not exist.

 

PCP is available in a number of forms. It can be a pure, white crystal-like powder, or a tablet or capsule. It can be swallowed, smoked, sniffed, or injected. PCP is sometimes sprinkled on marijuana or parsley and smoked.

Although PCP is illegal, it is easily manufactured. It is often sold as mescaline, THC, or other drugs. Sometimes it may not even be PCP, but a lethal by-product of the drug. Users can never be sure what they are buying since it is manufactured illegally.

 

EFFECTS

The effects of PCP depend on how much is taken, the way it is used and the individual. Effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure, flushing, sweating, dizziness, and numbness. When large doses are taken, effects include drowsiness, convulsions, and coma. Taking large amounts of PCP can also cause death from repeated convulsions, heart and lung failure, or ruptured blood vessels in the brain.

The drug's effects are as varied as its appearance. A moderate amount of PCP often causes the user to feel detached, distant and estranged from his surroundings. Numbness, slurred speech and loss of coordination may be accompanied by a sense of strength and invulnerability. A blank stare, rapid and involuntary eye movements, and an exaggerated gait are among the more observable effects. Auditory hallucinations, image distortion, severe mood disorders, and amnesia may also occur. In some users, PCP may cause acute anxiety and a feeling of impending doom, in others paranoia and violent hostility, and in some it may produce a psychoses indistinguishable from schizophrenia. PCP use is associated with a number of risks and many believe it to be one of the most dangerous drugs of abuse.

This condition can be retriggered later in life by stress and heat from exercise. PCP effects are therefore long term as well. The long term effects of PCP are directly related to its chemical nature. The byproducts of the drug in the body are stored in fatty cells and other tissues. These byproducts can retrigger years after when the person least expects it. The nightmare can return. PCP effects are best handled by a total detoxification of the body's fat cells. Drug users or drug addicts who have used PCP should really plan a way to get themselves detoxified from the long term effects of PCP in a safe and relatively fast manner.

STREET NAMES:

Angel Dust, Supergrass, Killer Weed, Embalming Fluid, Rocket Fuel, Hog, Wack, Squeeze, Water, Dust, Oxone, Zoot, Peace Pill, wet,water, amp, hydro, sherm, love boat, haze, dank, and kapow. Killer Joints, and Crystal Supergrass are names for the combination of marijuana laced with PCP. PCP is known as Space Base when mixed with Crack.

Cigarettes or joints are often dipped in PCP and smoked: "smoking wet","wetting it up"

NEW TREND:

Mixing a combination of embalming fluid, tobacco, marijuana, mint leaves and PCP which causes numbness,dizziness, blurred vision, distorted sense of place or time, fits of rage/violent behavior, paranoia, may lead to schizophrenia

STREET NAMES:

dust, fry, illy, wet

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