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Alcohol / Drugs - PCP

PCP is an illegal drug that was developed in the 1950’s.  It is sold on the street under many names such as angel dust, ozone, wack, and rocket fuel. PCP is a white powder that is easily dissolved in water and easily dyed. It comes in the forms of tablets, capsules, and coloured powders and can be snorted, smoked or eaten. For smoking, PCP is usually applied to leafy materials such as oregano, mint, parsley, or marijuana. Common names for PCP combined with marijuana include killer joint and crystal supergrass.

Many people use PCP continually because of its addictive properties. Other say they feel strong and powerful when high on the drug.

Some physical side effects associated with the use of PCP include increased respiratory (or breathing) rate, and a stronger blood pressure and pulse. Breathing can become shallow and sweating occurs.

With higher doses of PCP, breathing, pulse, and blood pressure often slow down. Nausea, vomiting, flickering of the eyes, drooling, loss of balance and dizziness, delusions, paranoia, disordered thinking, seizures, comas, and even death can also occur.

Long-term use of PCP has been associated with memory loss, speech difficulties, depression, difficulties thinking, and weight loss. These symptoms can occur up to a year after stopping the use of PCP.

Reference:

NIDA Infofax – PCP Phencyclidine

 

 



 

 




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