PCP, which is known on the street as Ozone or Rocket Fuel, is an intravenous anesthetic which was first designed during the 1950s. However, due to the side effects which are associated with this drug, its usage was discontinued. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) considers PCP to be a Schedule 2 substance.
In its highest purity, PCP appears as a whitish crystal powder. It quickly dissolves in both water and alcohol, and it has a taste which is unique and bitter. The PCP which is usually sold on the street will contain various contaminants, which will alter the color from white to a light or medium brown. PCP users prefer taking it orally or through snorting.
PCP is highly addictive and its usage will frequently lead to psychological dependence. Users may develop a craving for it, which will lead to compulsive behavior as they seek to find more of it. PCP may act as a sedative, and will interact with other substances such as alcohol, which can result in an overdose.
Warning Signs of PCP Addiction
PCP is quite possibly one of the most dangerous illegal drugs in the world. Those who use it can become a threat to both themselves and others. Unlike most other drugs, PCP causes behavior which is truly unsettling and even bizarre. Medium amounts of this drug will cause a user to feel “separated” from his or her environment. Numbness may be experienced in various areas of the body, and speech may become slurred. Users often report that they feel superhuman and invulnerable. Additional warning signs that someone may be addicted to PCP include:
- A blank stare
- Rapid eye movement
- An unusual gait when walking
- Unpredictable mood swings
- Auditory hallucinations
- Memory loss
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Extreme aggression and violence
Side Effects of PCP Abuse
Many of the side effects caused by PCP are very similar to schizophrenia. Physically, an addict will experience rapid breathing, as well as an increase in blood pressure and their pulse. PCP users may also sweat heavily. Those addicted to this drug are particularly dangerous due to their sense of invulnerability. PCP users seem to have a higher tolerance for pain, and when they become aggressive or suicidal they can pose a threat to anyone within their vicinity. Addition side effects are:
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Drooling and loss of balance
- Dizziness and seizures
- Amnesia and shallow respiration
PCP addiction should never be taken lightly, as a user who is suicidal or violent can easily harm themselves or others. If you know someone who is addicted to this substance, seek help immediately. There are rehab services available which can help addicts break free of this debilitating substance.
When entering addiction treatment for PCP, a user’s addiction level will be assessed, and the data collected from this assessment will be used to determine the best mode of treatment. Many rehab services provide a detox program before any inpatient or outpatient program formally starts. Rehab can be costly, but patients have the option of paying through private or public insurance policies so cost should not be deterrence to addiction treatment.
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