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PCP - Causes and Effects

Phenocyclidine, known as PCP, was originally used as an anesthetic agent for humans since 1957 and is now used as a veterinary anesthetic. The degree at which a person can become addicted to PCP is unknown at this time, however, the psychological dependency is very high. The effects of the drug on each user varies as does the method of allowing the drug to enter ones body. PCP can be smoked, taken orally or injected. The most popular method is by dunking or sprinkling a marijuana cigarette with PCP and smoking it. It is the common purchasing term for embalming fluid, insecticides, rat poison, or oven cleaners. There are 10,000 emergency room visits each year because of PCP.

Nicknames:

Angel Dust; Peace pill; Dust; Shermans; Crystal; Rocket fuel; DOA; Cycons; Supergrass.

Actions:

Illusions and hallucinations; Poor perception of time and distance; Symptoms of schizophrenia; Hyperactivity.

Effects:

Numbness; Cramps; Loss of muscular coordination; Nausea; Involuntary movements of the eyeballs; Problems with speaking; Decreased sensitivity to touch, pain and position.

Chronic use will cause:

Difficulty with thought; memory problems; Stuttering; Depression; Anxiety and brain damage.

Effects of Overdose:

Longer and more intense Trip episodes; Psychosis; Possible death.


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