Signs of PCP Abuse
PCP is a crystalline white powder used as an intravenous anesthetic in
veterinary medicine in the 60's. It was never approved of for use on
humans and for good reason. The drug caused delirium and extreme
agitation when coming out of anesthetic following an operation.
Despite this, the substance is a popular street drug that goes by
several different names: angel dust, ozone, wack and rocket fuel.
called killer joint and crystal super grass when it is combined with
PCP is addictive, says the National Institute On Drug Abuse. It will
cause craving and compulsive PCP seeking behavior. Hospital emergency
rooms get more than their fair share of PCP abusers who have overdosed
or attempted suicide while high. These patients can often turn nasty
and violent towards themselves and others.
PCP causes signs and symptoms that differ according to the amount
taken. Low doses produce signs like shallow breathing, flushing,
profuse sweating, numbness of extremities and a loss of muscular
High doses cause the blood pressure, pulse rate and respiratory rate to
drop. There may be nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, drooling,
dizziness, loss of balance and seizures that have the potential to lead
to coma and even death.
PCP abusers are also prone to symptoms similar to those experienced by
people with schizophrenia. They may suffer from delusions, paranoia,
disordered thinking and catatonia. They may speak in a garbled fashion
and experience a severe sense of alienation from their environment.
Prolonged use of PCP can cause memory loss, depression, difficulties
with ordered speech and thinking and weight loss. These problems can
take up to a year to dissipate. There may also be persistent problems
with mood disorders following a period of PCP abuse.
National Institute On Drug Abuse (Public Domain)