Effects The drug's effects are as varied as its appearance
Effects start in 2 to 5 minutes if smoked or up to an hour if eaten.
PCP can stay in a person's body for a long time; the half-life of PCP ranges from 11 to 51 hours.
Users have no way of knowing how much PCP they are taking. This makes PCP especially dangerous.
A moderate amount of PCP often causes the user to feel detached, distant and estranged from his surroundings.
Numbness, slurred speech and loss of coordination may be accompanied by a sense of strength and invulnerability. A blank stare, rapid and involuntary eye movements, and an exaggerated gait are among the more observable effects.
Dangers first introduced as a street drug in the late 1960s and quickly gained a reputation as a drug that could cause bad reactions and was not worth the risk
People who use PCP for long periods report memory loss, speech difficulties, depression, and weight loss.
When given psychomotor tests, PCP users show loss of fine motor skills and short-term memories. Mood disorders also have been reported.
Other PCP facts: PCP was first used on humans as an anesthetic in the 1950’s. Quickly discontinued due to ill effects by patients.
Used legally as an animal tranquilizer until 1979
New trend in PCP use a combination of embalming fluid, tobacco, marijuana, mint leaves and PCP; causes numbness, dizziness, blurred vision, distorted sense of place or time, fits of rage/violent behavior, paranoia, may lead to schizophrenia street terms: dust, fry, illy, wet
Many believe it to be one of the most dangerous drugs of abuse
PCP is often sold as a substitute for other drugs, causing panic in unsuspecting users.
Even in low doses, PCP produces harmful psychological effects. One dose may produce physical effects that last for months.