Many incorrectly assume PCP does not cause poisoning or overdose, but there are reports of excessive amounts of PCP causing overdoses in users who sustain permanent damage, and death. PCP overdoses behave in the same way as opiate overdoses, more than 20 mg of PCP have the ability to cause lengthy comas, severe seizures, and death. Many cases of PCP overdose are linked to the presence of other addictive substances, but PCP overdose is possible on its own.
Unlike opiate overdoses, which are easily identified by the depression of the central nervous system, PCP’s outward signs of overdose may be difficult to identify, because before the onset of potentially fatal or damaging effects one may assume users are experiencing a bad trip, without realizing the severity of the following symptoms of overdose:
If you are witness to someone suffering from a PCP overdose, place the victim on their side to prevent them from drowning in vomit. Call 911 immediately and wait for medical assistance. If you’re worried about the legal ramifications of calling for medical help in the event of a PCP overdose, there are many good samaritan laws in place to protect those acting on the highest good who cooperate with the police fully, and who do not flee the scene of an overdose victim after calling.
State laws are governed individually, so make sure to inquire about your own state regulations regarding good samaritan laws. Regardless of your involvement with law enforcement and illicit drug use, one who has fallen victim to a potentially fatal overdose will require immediate emergency care, or may suffer permanent brain damage, or die. Getting PCP addiction treatment will prevent overdose from ever occurring again.
Signs of PCP Overdose:
- Excessive Depression
- Feelings of Abysmal Hopelessness
- Undue Aggression
- Loss of Muscle Control
- Loss of Consciousness
- Heart Attack
- Depression of Respiratory System
Causes of Death During PCP Overdose Include:
- Renal FailureCommonly referred to as kidney failure, renal failure is the compromise of teh kidney’s ability to filter waste from the blood. Those experiencing kidney failure will also have problems regulating a healthy blood pressure. Symptoms include shortness of breath, confusion, and weakness.
- Hypertensive Crises
In the event of hypertensive crisis one’s blood pressure rises to potentially life threatening rates, which can lead to an immediate stroke. Common symptoms of hypertensive crises includes chronic anxiety, shortness of breath, spontaneous nose bleeds, and chronic headaches.
- Accidental TraumaInjuries induced under the influence of PCP, which may be fatal. Common occurrences include operating heavy machinery under the influence, falling, and disassociation from danger- like walking into traffic.
- Self Destructive BehaviorMany victims of PCP overdose engage in self harming behaviors, and may attempt suicide. This stems from the chronic depressive effects of PCP, often ascribed to a “bad trip.” However, when the potency of PCP is enough, the results of depressive states can be tragic and result in suicide. Those suffering from self destructive behavior may ram themselves into walls or furniture and mutilate themselves.