PCP is a dissociative drug that causes users to enter states of mind similar to psychosis. Phencyclidine is a central nervous system depressant that was originally introduced as an anesthetic for surgeries in the 1950s. The clinical community discontinued the drug because of its unpredictable and disorienting side effects including agitation and hallucinations. PCP is also referred to as angel dust, peace pills, animal tranquilizer, peace pill and crystal joints. In its purest form, PCP is a white crystalline powder that readily dissolves in water or alcohol and has a distinctive bitter chemical taste. PCP is commonly mixed with marijuana and smoked, but can also be snorted, ingested or administered intravenously.
SIGNS OF ABUSE
Someone who is high on PCP may exhibit erratic behavior including auditory and visual hallucinations, feeling acute anxiety, paranoia and a sense of impending doom, and a proclivity for violence or suicide. Disorientation can also be physical in nature. Someone high on PCP can feel numbness of their extremities, slur speech, and lose coordination and balance. It is possible to overdose and die on PCP and high doses of PCP can cause a user to have a seizure or coma and have suicidal tendencies.
SYMPTOMS OF WITHDRAWAL
Withdrawal from PCP is not known to cause physical pain; however, the mental and emotional symptoms can be distressing. A person withdrawing from PCP can experience anxiety, depression, psychosis and extreme mood swings. Withdrawal can occur within a single day of last use, and last for as long as three months, dependent on the extent of use.
PCP is most commonly seen as powder. In this form it can be snorted, ingested or smoked. When PCP is ingested, it is in a pressed tablet form, or portioned into pill capsules. When PCP is smoked, it is frequently mixed on marijuana or tobacco. This means that there is an overlap between the cannabis paraphernalia including pipes, bongs, bowls, rolling papers and cigar wraps.