What is PCP?

Phencyclidine, better known as PCP, is an illegal drug that causes hallucinations and delirium.  PCP comes in many forms including a tablet, capsule, liquid, spray or crystal like powder that can be swallowed, smoked, sniffed snorted or injected.  PCP is also known as Angel Dust, Supergrass, Killer Weed, Embalming Fluid and Rocket Fuel.


Low doses of PCP can cause users to experience any of the following:  acting without thinking, hallucinations, euphoria, feelings of emptiness, numbness, aggressiveness, belligerent behavior, agitation or impulsiveness.


High doses of PCP can cause users to experience any of the following:  increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, flushing, sweating, dizziness, numbness and a stupor or daze that can last several days.


The effects of PCP are unpredictable.  PCP can trigger violent behavior or irreversible psychosis.  Heavy users develop intense cravings and may get high several times a day.  People who use PCP for long periods report memory loss, speech difficulties, depression and weight loss.  PCP has sedative effects, and interactions with other central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol, can lead to coma or accidental overdose.


If you would like more information about PCP, contact the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at 800-662-4357, or visit them online at csat.samhsa.gov.


Phone code: 1780

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