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PCP, Phencyclidine

PCP, technical name Phencyclidine, is a drug first developed during the 1950s. It was intended to be used as an IV anesthetic, but the side effects were too severe for this drug to be an acceptable option. PCP side effects include mania, hallucinations, delirium, aggressive behavior, and even super human strength at times. Another drug, Ketamine, is similar in structure to Phencyclidine but Ketamine has accepted uses in veterinary and pediatric medical treatments while PCP is not approved for any treatment use in the USA. PCP can be found in either powder or liquid form, and the drug can be snorted, injected, smoked, or swallowed. Phencyclidine is a schedule 2 drug according to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, and it can have devastating or even fatal consequences when it is abused.

There are many health risks associated with PCP. This drug is addictive, and users may experience a psychological dependence. This can lead to increased Phencyclidine use, a craving for the drug, and behavior that is compulsive and very risky. The use of PCP can cause memory loss, depression, learning and speech difficulties, delirium, confusion, hallucinations, and sometimes very aggressive and violent behavior. Someone under the influence of Phencyclidine may be much stronger than they appear, and this super strength makes controlling the user extremely difficult for law enforcement and medical personnel. Any alcohol use or any combining of PCP with other drugs can cause the effects of Phencyclidine even more severe.