Phencyclidine or PCP was developed in the 1950's to provide anaesthesia intravenously. However, due to side effects such as hallucinations, delirium, and mania it was taken off the medical market. Although taken off the medical market, it is still widely used by drug abusers. It creates a high and allows an abuser to hallucinate..
PCP is widely used as a party drug in the club scenes. It can be found at clubs and raves throughout the United States. It has many street names including; Angel Dust, Peace Pill, Lovely, Wack, Ozone, and the list continues.
In its pure form, it is a white crystal like powder that dissolves quickly when immersed in water or alcohol. It has a very bitter chemical taste. However, on the street it can contain any number of contaminants that cause the color to vary from light to dark brown and even have a wide range of consistencies as well.
There are a wide range of symptoms associated with the use of PCP. Used moderately it can create a feeling of detachedness allow the user to disassociate. Hallucinations can be combined with numbness in the arms and legs as well as slurred speech and a complete loss of coordination
Due to the highly addictive nature of PCP it is pertinent that any user abusing PCP or any other hallucinogenic seek treatment immediately. Treatment will allow for the user to detox off of the drug and then give them the tools and resources to live a healthy drug free life.
In order to prevent a relapse of drug use, it's important to continue with treatment. By seeking aftercare services such as drug counseling and programs such as Narcotics Anonymous, the former user is better equipped to deal with the daily struggles of being in recovery.