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PCP / phencyclidine


Street terms for phencyclidine: PCP, Angel Dust, Supergrass, Killer Weed, Embalming Fluid, Rocket Fuel i, wack, ozone

What does phencyclidine look like?

  • In its pure form, PCP is a white crystalline powder that readily dissolves in water; however, most PCP on the street contains a number of contaminates causing the color to range from tan to brown, with a consistency ranging from powder to a gummy mass.
  • PCP is most commonly sold as a powder or liquid.
  • PCP may also come in tablet or capsule form.

 How is phencyclidine used?

  • PCP may be snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed.
  • PCP is most commonly sold as a powder or liquid, and applied to a leafy material such as oregano, parsley, mint, or marijuana and then smoked.

What are some consequences of phencyclidine use?

  • Numbness, slurred speech, loss of coordination, rapid and involuntary eye movements
  • Auditory hallucinations, image distortion, severe mood disorders, amnesia,
  • In some users PCP use may result in acute anxiety, a feeling of impending doom, paranoia, violent hostility, and in some it may produce a psychoses indistinguishable from schizophrenia.
  • PCP use is associated with a number of risks and many believe it to be one of the most dangerous drugs of abuse.

How does phencyclidine get to the United States?

  • Originally designed as a human anesthetic and later produced only as a veterinary anesthetic, PCP is no longer produced or used for legitimate purposes.
  • Today, virtually all PCP encountered in the U.S. is produced in clandestine laboratories.
  • PCP production is centered in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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