PCP Aka Phencyclidine

Hallucinogen-Drugs that alter moods, thoughts, and sense of perceptions, including vision, hearing, smell, and touch. These drugs cause you to see and hear things that aren't really there. The commonly abused are PCP, LSD, and Mescaline.
PCP is a dissociative anesthetic, sedative drug. This means it's made in a laboratory. One ingredient is cyanide, a deadly poison, and other ingredients are chemicals that may otherwise be used to make plastics, paint remover, motor fuels, and other products.
PCP Street Names: Angel dust, rocket fuel, supergrass, hog, love boat, peace pill
PCP is snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed. Most commonly sold as a powder or liquid and applied to a leafy material like mint, parsley, oregano, tobacco, or marijuana when smoked.
Short-term effects of PCP are: Hallucinations, numbness of the extremities, slurred speech, loss of coordination, mood disorder, anxiety, paranoia, --- High doses of PCP- drop in blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiration. Also nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, drooling, and dizziness. (can cause seizures, coma, death by accidental injury or suicide while on PCP)
Long-term effects of PCP: Impaired memory, impaired decision-making abilities, speech problems, severe depression, suicidal thoughts, high (anxiety, paranoia, isolation), extreme weight loss, "flashback" phenomena, continuous hallucinations.
PCP in the 1950s was used as a surgical anesthetic but there was many unwanted side effects so they stopped using it. Pharmaceutical PCP today is rarely used as a veterinary tranquilizer.
PCP is addictive. Withdrawal symptoms: elevated body temperature, seizures, muscle breakdown. Depression and memory loss are long-term withdrawal symptoms.
•In 2011, males accounted for 69% of PCP-related ER visits, with the largest age group being 24-35 (SAMHSA, 2013).• According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.1 million individuals in the United States, ages 12+ reported lifetime use of PCP (DHHS, 2011)-- that's 2.4% of all people in this demographic. •In a 2013 report, SAMHSA reported that overall emergency room visits related to PCP increased more than 400% between 2005 and 2011.
In the 1950s the trade name for PCP was Sernyl and in 1957 it was recommended for and later used in clinical trials on humans. It was widely embraced by the medical community because it provided effective anesthesia without negative effects to the heart and lungs. The bad/unwanted effects: post-operative psychosis, severe anxiety and dysphoria. These effects contributed to the discontinuation of PCP in 1965. It became illegal in the US in 1978.
Interesting fact: Research has determined that PCP can protect the brain from permanent damage after a stroke or heart attack so they want to look for a drug that can work like PCP without producing the psychological effects.
Interesting fact: PCP users have drowned in shallow waters because they could not tell where they were or which direction was up. Also they have died in fires because they had no sensitivity to the pain of burning.


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