What is PCP?
PCP, or phenylcyclohexylpiperidine, is a commonly abused hallucinogen and a schedule II drug, meaning the substance is illegal. PCP induces hallucinations, and can cause paranoia, anxiety, and emotional detachment. Some users report feeling disconnected from their bodies and environments, and lose all sense of reality- which is known as psychosis. Those high on the substance may suffer from chronic anxiety and complicated mood disorders later on down the line without treatment.
Horror stories about those on PCP have surfaced revolving murder cases, assault, and deranged violence. PCP in particular is linked to a number of shootings. In many instances the perpetrators who were high on PCP were under the delusion their significant others were being unfaithful or attempting to kill them.
The effects of PCP are largely dependent on what mood one is in upon consumption of the substance. Alike LSD, those who take PCP while depressed, angry, or paranoid will only augment those feelings and condemn themselves to frightful fits of hallucinations.
How Is PCP Taken?
PCP is typically in the form of white crystalline powder and is usually smoked. Although, some users may snort or inject the substance.
Street Names for PCP
- Angel Dust
- Rocket Fuel
- Embalming Fluid
- Black Dust
- Magic Dust
- Goon Dust
- Happy Sticks
Who Uses PCP?
Although anyone may potentially abuse PCP, the addictive substance is more common among teenagers and young adults during social settings, parties, and raves. According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, six million U.S. citizens who are at least 12 years of age admitted to experimenting with PCP at least once.
Use of PCP is of particular concern for high school students, who appear to be more susceptible to using the substance and become addicted to it. Many use the drug as a way to escape, relax, and escape their day-to-day troubles.
Is PCP Addictive?
Not physically, as most hallucinogens are not. However, PCP is still psychologically addictive and will pose similar problems in terms of recovery as many addictive substances which are also psychologically addictive like heroin and cocaine. Although the withdrawal aspect of recovery is not not present, those who become addicted to PCP must learn how to manage their emotions and distance themselves from the things serving as catalysts for abuse.
Why Should I Stay Away from PCP?
If you think PCP is safe because it is not physically addictive, think again. The effects of PCP and impending overdose and toxicity from PCP are devastating and cause unending heartache, health complications, and trouble within financial, personal, and work related spectrums. untreated PCP addiction symptoms may result in the following conditions:
- Permanent Brain Damage
- Mood Disorders
- Impaired Memory
- Suicidal Thoughts and Actions
What was PCP Initially for?
Surprisingly PCP was initially used in the 1950s as an intravenous anesthetic. Because of the hallucinations, paranoia, violence, and erratic behavior the substance caused in patients medical professionals disavowed PCP for medical use.