Phencyclidine (PCP)

By: Sawyer Ulmer

Origins/History of PCP

PCP originated in the 1950's and was used for a surgically purposeful environment. They used it as an anesthetic, but stopped due to its harmful side effects.

Street Names

These are a few names that relate to PCP- Angel Dust, Embalming Fluid, Killer Weed, Rocket Fuel, Supergrass

Some of the different methods of taking PCP

Guaranteed to be relaxing and fun.

Side Effects

The few side effects are agitation, Irritability, delusions, and irrational thinking.

Type

a Schedule II controlled substance, produces its hallucinogenic effects as a NMDA receptor antagonist in the brain.

Penalties

Originally designed as a human anesthetic and later produced only as a veterinary anesthetic, PCP is no longer produced or used for legitimate purposes. Penalties include
  • Fines. Many drug possession convictions result in fines. These can range from very minor fines of $100 or less, to significant fines of $100,000 or more.
  • Incarceration. Jail or prison time is also possible when a person is convicted of possession of a controlled substance. Jail sentences range widely depending on the crime charged, the type of drugs involved, and the state's laws, but can range from a few days or weeks to 10 years or more in prison.
  • Probation. Probation sentences are often given in drug possession cases, and may be included with other punishments such as jail time, fines, or rehabilitation. A sentence of probation requires the convicted person to regularly check in with a probation officer and to comply with specific terms, such as not using any more drugs. If the offender fails to comply with the probation terms, a jail sentence will usually apply.
  • Diversion. Diversion programs are similar to probation, and are often used in first-offender drug possession cases. With diversion, a prosecutor allows a drug offender to enter into a counseling and behavior modification program, very similar to probation, which requires the offender to comply with specific terms for a period of 6 months or more. Once the offender completes the diversion program, the prosecutor agrees to drop the drug charges. If the offender fails to comply with the diversion terms, the prosecutor will pursue the possession charges.
  • Rehabilitation. Many states allow courts to sentence a drug offender to a period of rehabilitation or drug treatment program instead of a jail sentence. Attending rehabilitation is also sometimes required in probation sentences.

How it's made

PCP is generally produced in clandestine laboratories in the United States.