PCP, or phencyclidine, is currently illegally synthesized in laboratories around the world and it is sold on the street under names like wack, angle dusk, ozone, fust and rocket fuel. It is also possible to buy PCP mixed with marijuana. Street names for the combination include crystal supergrass and killer joints. The street names given to PCP reflect the unpredictable and bizarre effects that the drug can have on users.
After its development in the 1950’s, PCP was used as an intravenous anesthetic in hospitals up and down the country. In 1965, however, its use on human patients was discontinued after a large percentage of patients experienced irrational behavior and delusions following an administration of the drug.
PCP has a distinctive bitter taste and comes in crystalline power form. The power can be easily dissolved in alcohol or water and it is often laced with colorful dyes to make attractive looking tablets, powders and capsules for the illicit drug market. There are many ways in which PCP can be taken, but the most popular are smoking, snorting and ingesting the drug. When PCP is smoked, is it typically mixed with mint, marijuana or oregano.
PCP is a very addictive drug and many PCP users end up in hospital because the drug can have some very unpleasant psychological effects when taken in large does, including violent outbursts and suicidal tendencies. In moderate does, PCP can cause increased heart rate, fast, shallow breathing, loss of coordination and numbness of extremities. Larger doses of PCP can cause nausea, blurred vision, catatonia, drooling, vomiting, seizures, comas, delusions, paranoia, impaired speech, hallucinations, impaired space perception and even death.
Long-term users of PCP will most likely experience depression, weight loss and memory loss. Furthermore, many people do not realize that PCP can interact with other CNS depressants and cause a coma.