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PCP Drug Treatment

What is PCP?

PCP, medically known as phencyclidine and known as Angel Dust on the streets, is a dissociative drug that was once used as a powerful anesthetic. However, because of its serious side effects, the medical usage of PCP was discontinued in 1965. Ironically, PCP’s side effects have also made it a popular recreational drug that comes in a variety of forms including pills, powder, and liquid.

What Are the Consequences of Using PCP?

Since PCP is highly addictive, there can be some severe consequences associated with using the drug. Due to the side effects caused by PCP, not only can users suffer from a variety of serious health issues, but they can also experience such things as job loss, alienation of family and friends, imprisonment, and extreme financial difficulties.

Signs and Symptoms of PCP Abuse:

Signs and symptoms of PCP abuse may vary among users; however, common signs of abuse often include rapid eye movements, blank staring, drooling, stuttering and loss of balance. Likewise, some common symptoms of PCP abuse typically include shallow breathing, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate and numbness in the extremities.

Effects of PCP Abuse:

The effects of PCP abuse leave users feeling as if they are detached from their bodies as well as their environment. This, in turn, can lead to hallucinations and extreme mood changes ranging from severe depression to violent hostility. Chronic abuse can cause memory loss, seizures or coma and may result in death through overdose or accidental suicide.

What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms of PCP?

People who want to quit using PCP may experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms as their bodies return to normal functioning without the drug. Although these symptoms may differ from one user to another, some common PCP withdrawal symptoms include the following conditions:

  • Problems with Speaking
  • Anxiety and Confusion
  • Trouble Remembering The Past or Recent Events
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Decreased Reflexes and Tremors
  • Depression and Suicidal Tendencies
  • Illusions or Hallucinations

PCP, once widely used as an anesthetic in the medical world, is now a popular recreational drug known as Angel Dust. This is a powerful drug that can pose severe consequences as well as other health effects upon users, which is the primary reason medical officials discontinued its usage in medical facilities.

Information on Illicit Drugs was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by Treatment Network

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